1980’s pop legend Adam Ant was awoken by immigration border police yesterday when his London home was raided at dawn, The Mirror reports.
A 36-year-old woman, who lived with the 80’s icon, was arrested by UK Border Agency officers and taken into custody. Immigration officials believe she is a Japanese national who has overstayed her visa.
Up to 10 officers from the UK Border police arrived at the flat at around 6.40am yesterday. Officers lined the small stairway ready for the dawn swoop, and were let in almost immediately.
A small dog – reportedly called Elvis – sprinted out and jumped over the officers before disappearing back inside the property.
It is believed that Adam, 57, was questioned by officers inside the flat.
After 40 minutes a woman emerged, smoking a cigarette, flanked by six officers. She was escorted down the road and put inside a van before being driven away for further questioning. She was still in custody last night.
It is understood that UK Border police want to deport the woman after she is suspected to have overstayed her visa permit to live in the country.
Other friends who left Adam’s flat yesterday refused to comment on the nature of his relationship with the woman.
But one who went into the apartment yesterday said that Adam was “just fine”.
A neighbour revealed how there were constant “comings and goings” at the not so ‘Goody Two Shoes’ pop star’s home in the exclusive South Kensington, West London, neighbourhood.
The neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “People are in and out of that house all day, every day. God knows who they all are. There’s all sorts who visit. It’s like a constant stream of visitors.
“I don’t really know him and he doesn’t mix with his neighbours from what I’ve seen.”
Adam Ant’s lawyer Dean Dunham said last night: “This lady is one of Adam’s friends.
“She is co-operating fully with the authorities. She had attempted to make the correct applications to extend her visa but the authorities had been dealing with the wrong address.”
Adam Ant – real name Stuart Goddard – shot to fame in the 80s with a string of massive worldwide hits including Antmusic, Stand and Deliver and Goody Two Shoes.
He was well-known for his flamboyant “dandy highwayman” fashion sense and was voted the Sexiest Man in America by MTV viewers in 1983.
However, the twice-married star has been plagued with mental health problems. His bi-polar condition forced him to abandon touring for 25 years until a comeback last year.
His latest tour – with new band The Good, The Mad And The Lovely Posse – kicks off in Halifax on Thursday.
A UK Border Agency spokesman said last night: “A 36-year-old Japanese national was arrested for immigration offences at an address in the Knightsbridge area and is now detained, pending her removal from the UK.
“Our officers 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.” Source: Daily Mirror.
The UK Border Agency appear to be running a ‘pop star special’ this month.
Earlier this week Asian singing star Garry Sandhu has been deported back to India by the UK Border Agency after losing an appeal.
Garry Sandhu was removed from the UK and sent back to India by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) after losing his appeal to remain in the country following his arrest in October 2011 for violation of UK immigration laws.
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