Immigration arrests at abattoir

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Nine men have been arrested at an abattoir near Wakefield after a raid by immigration officials.

The Home Office Immigration Enforcement operation was carried out at Al-Ummah Halal Poultry on Old Colliery Farm, Main Street, South Hiendley, at 2.45am this morning (Wednesday).

Eight Pakistani men are suspected of over-staying their visas and a 22-year-old man is suspected of being a failed asylum seeker from Afghanistan.

All nine suspects have been detained at police stations across South and West Yorkshire for further questioning.

Acting Assistant Director Julie Curle, from the Home Office’s Yorkshire and Humber Immigration and Enforcement Team, said: “We are working hard across Yorkshire to track down and remove from the country those who seek to abuse the UK’s immigration laws.

“Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, undermining legitimate businesses and taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work.

“The public can be a huge help in our work and I urge people with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.