Arrests made over immigration offences

SIXTEEN people have been arrested in connection with immigration offences following a UK Border Agency operation which took place with the assistance of Tayside Police on Friday evening (February 15).

Officers executed warrants at a number of residential and business addresses in High Street, Forfar; St Malcolms Wynd and High Street, Kirriemuir and High Street, Monifieth.

As a result, two men aged 30 and one man aged 40 years were detained in connection with organised abuse of citizenship routes.

At the same time 13 people were found to be working illegally at the business addresses, and are being detained before steps are taken to remove them from the UK.

Carolyne Lindsay from the UK Border Agency’s Criminal and Financial Investigation team said: “The UK Border Agency will investigate and take action against those who are suspected of abusing our immigration laws for criminal gain.

“We are working with law enforcement partners throughout Scotland to take the kind of action seen in this operation.”

Inspector Ally Robertson, of Tayside Police confirmed that officers of Tayside Police assisted their colleagues within UKBA with their enquiries within Angus and that great efforts were made to keep disruption and inconvenience to customers of the establishments to a minimum and thanked them for their understanding in this matter.