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Employers: Eleven arrested by UK Border Agency after operation in Southall

13 March 2013

Eleven people have been arrested by the UK Border Agency following a joint operation to tackle illegal workers in Southall.

On Tuesday 12 March, agency officers, together with colleagues from the Metropolitan Police, attended a location on King Street, targeting individuals who gather in the area looking for casual labour

They arrested 11 men, all Indian nationals aged between 28 and 65. Ten were in the country illegally having over-stayed their visas. One, a 46-year-old, had entered the UK illegally.

Ten... of the 11 have been detained by the UK Border Agency pending their removal from the UK. The remaining man was granted immigration bail while his case is dealt with, but he also faces removal.

Assistant director Sarah Burton, UK Border Agency, said:

'We are working closely with the Metropolitan Police to tackle illegal immigration and for those who are in living and working in the country illegally there is no hiding place.

'My officers are out carrying out operations like this almost every day across West London targeting those who are here illegally and those who would employ them.'

Chief inspector Colin Wingrove, from Ealing police, said:

'This is another excellent example of partnership working to tackle illegal immigration and other related crime in our communities.

'This forms part of our wider work to reduce this type of criminality on the borough.'

In June 2012 UK Border Agency and police officers carried out a similar operation at the same site. On that occasion 36 individuals were arrested.

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit our Preventing illegal working pages, or they can call the agency's employers helpline on 0300 123 4699.

Anyone with information about immigration offenders can report crime on this website, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.