Close cooperation with police, festival promoters leads to arrests
20th June 2011: The UK Border Agency and police is working in close coordination with the festival promoters to nab immigration offenders.
The assertion by the UK Border Agency came soon after six immigration offenders were caught working illegally at the Isle of Wight Festival.
Assistant director Hampshire and Isle of Wight local immigration team Lyn Sari said: ‘We are sending a simple, clear message to people flouting the law – more raids are planned and you will be caught.
‘This successful operation – a result of close co-operation with the police and festival promoters – shows that our officers will find immigration offenders wherever they are.’
The UKBA said working closely with Hampshire Police, officers visited the site at Seaclose Park, Newport, before revelers arrived last week.
One of those caught – working in breach of his visa conditions – has already been removed from the UK. The 31-year-old Brazilian man, who officers found working on a food stall, was put on a flight out of the UK on 13 June.
The UK Border Agency added it `is working to remove the five remaining immigration offenders as soon as possible. 3 Nigerian men and a 54-year-old Jamaican man were working illegally for security firms and had overstayed their visas.
`The fifth, a 35-year-old Filipino man, was caught working on a food stall and had also overstayed his visa.
`The operation was conducted with the full support and co-operation of the festival organisers and security companies’.