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Suspected illegal immigrant arrested in Luton

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A woman was arrested by UK Border Agency Officers at an address in Luton on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old was one of 19 people arrested in operations across the UK, targeting suspected immigration fraud.

Uk Border Agency officers were supported by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the Khalsa Missionary Society in Cheetham Road, Manchester.

The investigation is focused on the sponsoring of Indian nationals to work at the society as Ministers of Religion, under Tiers 2 and 5 of the points-based system for migrant workers.

Officers visited 15 addresses in Slough, Southall, Southampton, Luton, Hounslow, Birmingham and Leicester shortly after 7am.

Ten were arrested on suspicion of obtaining leave by deception, contrary to Section 24 of the 1971 Immigration Act.

They are now being questioned at police stations across the UK, and all the addresses visited are being searched.

A further nine people encountered during the raids were arrested for immigration offences, including overstaying their visas. The nine are unconnected to the criminal investigation and steps will now be taken to remove them from the UK.

Three separate cash seizures were also made and are now subject to investigation.

In total six women in their 20s, a 44-year-old woman, a 30-yearold woman, and two men in their 40s were arrested.

These arrests bring the total number of people arrested in connection with the criminal investigation to 22.

Nick Wood, from the Home Office criminal investigations team, said: “This is a complex operation linked to suspected immigration crime that targeted several locations across the UK.

“Our investigation will continue with the evidence we have seized.”

Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit the Crimestoppers website.

 

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