Border Agency tracks down illegal immigrants in North Devon

Two Bangladeshi men must leave the country

TWO men from Bangladesh have been arrested by UK Border Agency officers targeting immigration offenders in North Devon.

On Tuesday, September 20, officers raided a residential address in Coldharbour, Bideford. A 39-year-old Bangladeshi man attempted to run away from the house.

He was caught and checks revealed he stayed in the UK illegally after his visa expired.

Later the same day, officers went to The Bengal Tiger, in Cooks Cross, South Molton, and checked the documents of staff. A 33-year-old Bangladeshi man was found to have entered the UK illegally and arrested.

The Bengal Tiger now faces a civil penalty for employing an illegal worker. To avoid a fine of up to �10,000, the employers must provide evidence that the correct right-to-work checks were made before the man was taken on.

Both immigration offenders arrested are now in immigration detention while steps are taken to remove them from the UK.

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Kenny Chapman, who heads the UK Border Agency’s local immigration team for the South West, said: “If people want to live or work in the UK, there are ways they can come here legitimately. But if they break the law we will catch up with them.

“Our teams are out and about every week across Devon and the South West tracking down immigration offenders.

“People who decide to flout the law should be in no doubt that we will find them and look to remove them from the country.”

Every year, the UK Border Agency imposes civil penalties on thousands of companies which fail to carry out legally-required checks on their staff. The agency provides support to employers so they can understand the rules, including visits by staff, a dedicated telephone helpline and website.

Anyone who has information on suspected immigration offenders in Devon can contact the local immigration team on 01752 689138 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more information and contact details for the South West Local Immigration Team visit

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