More arrests of illegal workers on the May 9th red letter day, twenty-three this time.
Ten immigration offenders were arrested following a crackdown on illegal working in Croydon and South Norwood.
Immigration enforcement officers visited three shops on London Road, Croydon, on Thursday 9th May 2013. At Savemore Foods (also known as Savemore World of Frozen Food), which was visited at about 11:25 they arrested a 57-year-old Sri Lankan man who was a failed asylum seeker and a 56-year-old Pakistani man who had entered the country illegally. Both men tried to leg it but were caught by enforcement officers.
The team then entered Croydon Halal Meat & Grocery at 12:35 and arrested a 21-year-old Afghan man. He was not an employee but found to be a failed asylum seeker.
A 23-year-old Afghan man who had entered the country illegally was arrested at the final location, Perfect Halal Meat, which was entered at 16:20pm. He also tried to ‘scarper’ but was caught.
Later that day officers visited CFC Butchers on London Road and Chicken Palace on Portland Place, South Norwood. At CFC they arrested three Pakistani men aged 23, 25 and 33 for overstaying their visas.
Three men were arrested at Chicken Palace. They included a 45-year-old Pakistani who had overstayed his visa, and an Iraqi, aged 25, and Afghan, aged 23, who had both entered the country illegally. Steps are now being taken to remove all those arrested from the country.
Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers also carried out a series of raids on five businesses in South London on that red letter day where thirteen illegals were arrested, thirteen unlucky for them.
At the Clapham North, Clapham Road (formerly the Bedford Arms), which was visited at 1.25pm, officers arrested two Nepalese men aged 24 and 38 for working in breach of their visa conditions.
Officers then moved on to the Brunswick Café, Wandsworth Road, at about 3.45pm where a Bolivian man aged 36 who had overstayed his visa was arrested.
Officers then went to Albaraka Halal Meat on Streatham High Road shortly before 4pm. There, two Algerian men, a 33-year-old who had overstayed his visa and a 28-year-old failed asylum seeker, were arrested.
Finally the team went to Clapham Newspoint, Clapham Common Southside, at 5.35pm. Two Pakistani men were arrested, a 41-year-old who had overstayed his visa and a 21-year-old working in breach of his visa conditions.
A team of immigration officers, with assistance from the Metropolitan Police Service, also visited Top Barbers on Peckham High Street at 5.40pm where six Nigerian men were arrested; blimey six that’s a bit mob handed for cutting a few barnets (Barnet Fair, hair). Five aged between 25 and 41 had overstayed their visas while a 36-year-old had entered the country illegally.
Steps are now being taken to remove all those arrested from the country.