02 March 2011

College staff arrested for alleged UK immigration offences

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The UK Border Agency has arrested five people in Gateshead and Newcastle in a series of co-ordinated raids targeting a college suspected of being used for UK immigration crime.

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Senior college staff have been arrested for alleged UK immigration fraud.

The arrests follow an extensive investigation carried out by the UK Immigration crime team into Castle College, Park Road, Felling, Gateshead.

The UK Border Agency has now suspended the college's licence to enrol overseas students under Tier 4 of the UK Visa  points-based system.
Officers from the agency have been onsite to advise and assist any genuine students arriving for their studies.

A 37-year-old Pakistani woman, a 41-year-old Pakistani man, a 37-year-old Pakistani man and a 33-year-old Bangladeshi man were held on suspicion of using the college to facilitate UK immigration offences. The other person arrested was a student at the college who was found to have breached the terms of her UK Visa. All are being interviewed at police stations in Newcastle.

A simultaneous operation at an address in Ellesmere Road, Newcastle, uncovered the Nigerian student who had overstayed her visa. She was arrested and steps will now be taken to remove her from the country. 

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