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Police raid Bangladesh plant printing fake UK entry clearance documents.

Thousands of illegal immigrants may have entered Britain using fake papers printed in a “visa factory”, the Sun reports.

The fear follows a raid on a plant in Bangladesh producing bogus UK documents on “an industrial scale”.

Stolen passports from four countries — including Britain — were found inside, along with 150 counterfeit British visas.

Detectives tracked down the factory and made eight arrests after a UK Border Agency officer detected one of the forged visas.

Police believe the syndicate was charging up to £2,600 a time — raking in £640,000 a year. A diplomatic source said: “The factory was producing fake UK visas on an industrial scale. It involved offices around the country.”

Officials in Bangladesh believe the plant, in Sylhet province, had been running for years.

Details of 89 current visa applicants were sent to UK police.

Meanwhile, a senior British High Commission official — Reshad Nebin — was arrested and charged for allegedly demanding bribes from genuine applicants to return their passports with the correct stamps.

And an official at the India-based contractors paid to handle the UK’s visa applications — VFS Global — was also understood to have been arrested.

UK Border Agency regional director Chris Dix said: “We have made our border safer as a result of this operation.” Source: b.flynn@the-sun.co.uk 

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