Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Raids across London as Border Agency Targets Visa 'Abusers'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Raids across London as Border Agency Targets Visa 'Abusers'

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger

IMMIGRATION officials were carrying out raids across London today as part of a crackdown on "visa abuse".

Businesses were targeted by the authorities keen to step up the removal of people staying in the UK after their visas expire.

The initiative, Operation Mayapple, has been running since May and seen more than 2,000 people deported.

Immigration minister Damian Green said that as part of the drive the Home Office will next month hire a company to identify and warn "over-stayers" that they are being targeted.

G4S, which was criticised over Olympic security blunders, is understood to be bidding for the contract.

The company will gather information on potential targets and send letters telling them they should leave but it will not carry out any arrests.

There are about 150,000 over stayers in Britain, and 100 visas a day are ?POLICE have arrested 27 people in London before this weekend's Notting Hill Carnival. It is part of Operation Razorback, which is targeting gangs who may be plotting to use the event as a cover for crime and violence. Most arrests were on suspicion of drugs offences or handling stolen goods. …

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