Agency holds three over immigration

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Three people who were due to work as security staff at an Olympic venue have been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences, the Home Office has revealed.

They were drafted in to work as security guards at St James’ Park, Newcastle, but were held on Wednesday – just 24 hours before the Mexico and South Korea match at the stadium.

The three were employed by a private security firm, but were not G4S staff, said a Home Office spokesman, adding: “These arrests show that UK Border Agency security checks are working. The responsibility for ensuring that employees have the right to work in the UK rests with the employer.”

The Agency is working closely with employers and contractors to prevent illegal working, he said.