Massive agency operation against immigration crime 
Posted on October 1st, 2010


30 September 2010
Around a 150 border officers and police officers were involved in a series of early morning raids on 15 locations in Sussex, Surrey and Kent. Thought to be one of the biggest operations of its kind undertaken by the UK Border Agency, it follows an 8 month investigation into the supply of illegal workers. The workers were being provided for an employment agency based in Crawley. An 61-year old woman and a 48-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of facilitating a breach of the immigration laws and money laundering offences at 2 addresses in Crawley. Another 44-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of facilitating a breach of immigration laws and money laundering. Two men, both from Sri Lanka, were arrested on suspicion of facilitating a breach of immigration laws at separate addresses. All 5 are now being questioned at police stations in Sussex. IT equipment and documents were seized from a number of locations, and will now be examined. A substantial quantity of cash was also recovered. Around 25 people, mainly believed to be Sri Lankan nationals, were also arrested for immigration offences at a number of locations in Sussex and Surrey. They are also being questioned, and the UK Border Agency will seek to remove those found to be working in the country illegally. Andy Cummins, who heads the immigration crime team, said:ƒÆ’‚£ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒÆ’‚£ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¡‚¬

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ƒÆ’‚£ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒÆ’‚£ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¡‚¬Anyone with information about immigration crime should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the Crimestoppers website where you can remain anonymous.ƒÆ’‚£ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒÆ’‚£ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¡‚¬



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