Immigration raid sees two arrested

Immigration officers were in Girvan on Tuesday morning.
Immigration officers were in Girvan on Tuesday morning.

Home Office staff swooped in Girvan on Tuesday morning as two men were arrested on suspected immigration charges.

Two men aged 24 and 29 were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences as officers raided an address in Dalrymple Street, Girvan at around 9am.

The Home Office said that both men were released as inquiries into their case continue to progress.

The Gazette was tipped off that immigration officers were in town shortly after 9am and arrived to see a Home Office van parked in Dalrymple Street.

At around 9.30am the Gazette witnessed two uniformed officers leading one man to a larger van which was parked on Wesley Road before driving off.

The arrests follow similar action last month by officers in Dumfries and Galloway.

Operations in Stranraer and Newton Stewart saw the Bollywood restaurant raided and Newton Stewart’s Little India also targeted.

Immigration officers detained two Bangladeshi men, a Pakistani man and a Chinese man during this operation which took place on Friday May 15.

A Home Office spokesperson said then: “Our dedicated specialist teams have the expertise to catch you and if the correct checks have not been carried out you will pay a heavy penalty.

“Illegal working cheats the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and often exploits some of society’s most vulnerable people.”

A joint operation in March between Police Scotland and immigration officers also saw 12 people arrested after raids in the Dumfries and Galloway area including premises in Dalbeattie, Castle Douglas and Annan.