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Five arrested at Erith firm on suspicion of illegal working

PUBLISHED: 12:16 23 October 2012

Five suspected illegal workers have been arrested as part of an investigation into an Erith security firm.

They were detained by the UK border agency following a raid at Blue Feathers Guarding Ltd, in Veridion Way last Thurs.

Residential addresses in Floathaven Way, Thamesmead, and Sandpiper Road, Greenhithe were also searched. The UK Border Agency worked in association with the Security Industry Authority (SIA) in the investigation.

The five arrested were Nigerian men aged 44, 49 and 52 and a Zimbabwean woman and man aged 32 and 34. All were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to facilitate, apart from the 52-year-old who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud and illegal immigration.

Four of them were arrested for not undertaking work which requires and SIA licence, which they do not have.

All have been bailed to return to police stations for various dates between November 20 and December 4.

Rachel Bennett, of the UK Border Agency, said: “This was a successful operation.

“With the help of our partners like the Security Industry Authority we are determined to do whatever is necessary to investigate alleged abuses of our immigration system.”

Anyone who has information about immigration crime should call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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