Olympic security staff due to work at a venue in the North of the country were arrested last week on suspicion of immigration offences.
The trio were employed as security guards at St James’ Park football stadium in Newcastle.
Staff from the UK Border Agency made the arrests alongside officers from Northumbria Police after acting on intelligence and carrying out routine checks.
The three were employed by a private security firm, but were not G4S staff. Newcastle City Council replaced G45 with local firms earlier this week, amid concerns over the company’s staffing.
The Home Office said they were were arrested on Wednesday, just 24 hours before the Mexico and South Korea match at the stadium.
”These arrests show that UK Border Agency security checks are working,” A spokesman said.
”The responsibility for ensuring that employees have the right to work in the UK rests with the employer.
”The UK Border Agency is working closely with employers and contractors at Olympics venues to prevent illegal working.”
The arrest comes as authorities launch the biggest-ever peacetime security operation.
A force of more than 40,000 military and civilian personnel, backed by a huge intelligence operation, has turned the British capital into a fortress to protect venues, athletes and millions of UK visitors.
But security has been under the spotlight after the government was forced to deploy an extra 4,700 troops to guard the Games because private contractor G4S could not recruit enough staff.
Employers, who can be fined up to £10,000 for employing illegal workers, should note that UK work restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals were extended until the end of 2013 last year. Romanian and Bulgarian (EU2) nationals seeking to work in the UK will still need permission from the UK Border Agency before they can work in the UK.
Even though they are EU members, when it comes to employment Bulgarian and Romanian citizens do not have the same rights as other Europeans, for instance from Poland, Slovakia or other A8 Accession countries. See: Free Movement of EU nationals explained.
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