Immigration raid in UK nets several Lankans
A massive immigration raid on a glass factory in Acton yesterday
found 13 men alleged to be working illegally.
Twenty officers from the UK Borders and Immigration Agency swooped on
Toughglaze Ltd in the Chandos Industrial Estate at 11 am and arrested 12
men from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Ukraine, aged between 19 and
Officers then raided a flat associated with the business and made
another arrest. Three people have been charged with offences relating to
having forged identity documents. New laws bought in this February could
lead to a bill of pounds 130,000 for the glazing firm, with a maximum
fine of pounds 10,000 per illegal worker.
Last Thursday 22 Indian men were arrested at a double glazing factory
in Southall following a similar raid by officers who went in and
questioned staff and managers.
They were all working at G&B windows in Johnson Street, and
30-year-old Gurjit Singh of Marlborough Road has been charged with
having a forged identity document. New ID cards for foreign nationals
due to be introduced by the end of the year will make it easier for
companies to identify legal workers.