Immigration suspect still detained

ONE man remained in detention today and a further six suspected illegal immigrants faced strict restrictions on their movements following a raid at two Ipswich restaurants.

ONE man remained in detention today and a further six suspected illegal immigrants faced strict restrictions on their movements following a raid at two Ipswich restaurants.

Border and Immigration Agency officials are monitoring the eight after they were held when immigration officers and Suffolk police carried out raids at Temptation Chinese Buffet restaurant in Carr Street and the Lucky Star takeaway in Hawthorn Drive.

Two Malaysian nationals and a Chinese man were arrested during the raid at Temptations on suspicion of immigration offences on March 14.

Another four Malaysians, three men and a woman, were arrested at the Lucky Star a short time later.


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According to the Border and Immigration Agency two found at that address were hiding in kitchen cupboards while the other two were found hiding in the loft space.

It is understood all seven had worked at the Temptation Chinese Buffet restaurant.

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The BIA today said that six of the seven had been temporarily released but were required to report weekly to a police or immigration office.

A spokesman for the agency said: “Steps will continue to remove them from the UK as soon as possible.

“One Chinese male, a failed asylum seeker who did not comply with previous reporting restrictions, remains in detention pending immigration officers obtaining emergency travel documents to return him to China.”

Last November, 14 suspected illegal immigrants were arrested at the Carr Street restaurant.

Anyone who suspects that staff are illegally working in Ipswich should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 anonymously.

A 29-year-old woman from Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich, and a 26-year-old man from Silk Street, Ipswich, were arrested on March 13 on suspicion of offences linked to assisting illegal immigrants and bailed to return to Ipswich police station on a date in May.

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