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The UK Border Agency has arrested 36 Indian nationals following a major operation to crack down on illegal working in Southall this week.

Acting on intelligence, and with assistance from the Metropolitan Police, our officers targeted individuals who gather daily in the King Street area looking for casual labour. Officers moved into the area at around 07:30 on Tuesday carrying out immigration checks on individuals to see if they were entitled to live and work in the UK.

Thirty-six Indian males aged between 23 and 56 were arrested for a variety of immigration offences, 16 of whom had overstayed their visas, including several students.

Thirty-four of the 36 arrested are currently in immigration detention awaiting removal from the country. Two have been released on immigration bail.

One of those arrested for immigration offences – a 26-year-old Indian man – is wanted by police on suspicion of money laundering and is now in police custody. A quantity of cash was also seized from his home address.

Harpal Johal, UK Border Agency said:

‘This operation was very successful and shows the fruits of working with other agencies like the Metropolitan Police to tackle the problem of illegal working in Southall.

‘We carry out hundreds of operations like this every year across London, and where we find people who are in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them.

‘Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, undermining legitimate businesses and taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work.’

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit the Preventing illegal working section, or they can call the UK Border Agency’s Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.

Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or complete the Report immigration crime form. Source: UK Border Agency.

The UK Border Agency has launched updated guidance for employers on preventing ‘illegal working’ to help them check if someone has a right to work. Information about employing Bulgarians and Romanians has been included in the new guidance for the first time.

See also:

UK Border Agency update guidance on preventing illegal working

How to live and work legally in the UK if you are Bulgarian or Romanian

Albanian car wash owner ordered to handover £60,000 for immigration crime

12 illegal workers arrested in UK Border Agency restaurant raids

How Romanians and Bulgarians working illegally without Yellow Card or papers can legalise their status in the UK

Employment restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians extended until end of 2013 

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