UK Border Agency arrests eight labourers for working illegally

Eight men have been charged with offences under the Identity Cards Act 2006 after being found working illegally at the Media City site.

The men were arrested during a UK Border Agency operation to Connolly Construction Facilities, Media City, 111 Broadway, Salford M50 2EQ at 0930 on Monday 14 September.

As a result the men were charged under the Identity Cards Act for using false documents to gain employment. They were remanded in custody to appear at Manchester Magistrates Court yesterday (15 September 2009).

The arrested men, who were working as labourers on the site, were of various nationalities and ages and included one Gambian, four Ethiopians and three Eritreans.

The operation went ahead with the co-operation of the construction company, who will face no further action over the arrests.

Commenting on the arrests, UK Border Agency Regional Director for the North West, Eddy Montgomery, said:

‘Foreign nationals must obey the laws of this country in the same way as everybody else, and those who have committed criminal offences here are therefore subject to the same legal processes as anyone else in the UK.

‘Anyone breaking the law, irrespective of whether they are a British citizen or a foreign national, can expect prosecution and, where appropriate, a custodial sentence.’

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