Immigration raid uncovers 17 people living in Wembley house

Officers believe some were living in a shed in the garden

Border Agency officers have discovered 17 people living in a three-bedroom house in Wembley after raiding the property this week.

Acting on intelligence, the officers stormed the house in Union Road, where they arrested seven people for immigration offences.

Five Indian men aged between 24 and 44 and a 49-year-old Sri Lankan man were held after being found to have overstayed their visas.

A 42-year-old Indian woman was also arrested for entering the UK illegally.

The woman and five of the men will be deported, the seventh man has been bailed pending further enquires into his immigration status.

Officers believe some of the residents were living in a shed in the back garden.

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Last month, the Times revealed that Brent Council are aiming to clamp down on landlords who house people in illegal extensions, known as ‘Beds in Sheds’.

Sarah Burton, from the UK Border Agency, said: “This was the latest in a series of operations and UK Border Agency officers are carrying out raids like this across London almost every day.

“My message to those who have no right to be in the UK is that you must leave the country. If they refuse, we will enforce their removal.”