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November 12, 2013 19:12
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Not less that 10 Indians were detained by the British officials following a raid at a Leicester factory late last week under the suspicion of immigration offense.

Nearly 20 border agency officials and police officers raided the Spring Shades Ltd in Friday Street. The officials sealed off the exits, launching their operation in dawn that coincided with the factory's shift swap.

By the end of three-hour long operation, a total of eight workers out of 40 at the factory were handcuffed.

Following the initial raid, officers raided two more homes in Leicester and arrested other more people under immigration offense.

Alison Spowage, assistant director for immigration enforcement in the East Midlands, said: "This was a large scale operation targeting suspected illegal working in Leicester."

"Employers who flout the law will not be tolerated. Illegal working is unfair on honest employers and takes jobs away from those with a legal right to work."

All the10 men are aged between 20 and 54.

“If the eight people arrested at the factory are found to be illegal workers, then the firm's owners could face a fine of 80,000 pounds, unless they can prove that they made every effort to check the employees' immigration status,” the Economic Times stated.

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