UKBA plans raids on addresses in Brent, across London

Warning comes after 11 were arrested in operation in Willesden, north-west London 20th September 2010: The UK Border Agency is planning raids on addresses in Brent and across London.
The warning came after 11 people were arrested during a UK Border Agency operation targeting a number of addresses in Willesden, north-west London.

Head of the UK Border Agency’s Brent local immigration team Steve Fisher said: ‘This is the latest in a series of operations designed to find and remove those who have no right to live or work in the UK.

‘We continue to work closely with the police, Brent Council and other agencies to target those who are here illegally, and more raids like this are planned in Brent and across London.’

Acting on intelligence, UK Border Agency officers, with Metropolitan Police officers and Brent Council staff, visited three addresses in Strode Road at around 06:00 on Thursday 16 September.

They found 50 people inside the addresses and in accommodation constructed to the rear, and arrested 11 of them – seven Filipino women, three Chinese men and a Chinese woman – for a variety of immigration offences.

The UK Border Agency will now seek to remove them from the country. The seven Filipinos and two of the Chinese men remain in detention pending their removal. The other two Chinese nationals were granted immigration bail while travel documents are sought for them.
The landlord of the property now faces investigation by council planning and health and safety officials.

The enforcement operation was part of planned nationwide action by the UK Border Agency to tackle illegal immigration and organised immigration crime.

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