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Arrests made in Armagh and Portadown over illegal workers in shopping centres

Nine people have been arrested during raids on suspected illegal workers at shopping centres in Northern Ireland – including Armagh and Portadown

The operation targeted mobile phone accessory stalls in 19 locations.

They included shopping malls in Belfast, Bangor, Londonderry, Lisburn, Newtownards, Armagh, Portadown, Dungannon and Enniskillen.

The raids were carried out by Home Office criminal investigation and immigration enforcement teams, assisted by PSNI and Police Scotland officers.

The teams questioned staff at the mobile phone accessory stalls to check if they had the right to work and live in the UK during co-ordinated raids on Tuesday.

Carolyne Lindsay for the Home Office, said: “Foreign nationals who are found working illegally in this country should be in no doubt that they will be caught, arrested and removed from the UK.

“We are determined to crack down on immigration offenders and those who exploit them. Anyone found living or working here illegally is liable to be detained and removed.”

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