Five men arrested for immigration offences at Sonisphere

FIVE foreigners, including three Mongolians, are poised to be kicked out of the UK, after they were arrested at this year’s Sonisphere Festival.

Officers from the UK Border Agency (UKBA) seized the three Mongolian men, aged 24, 22 and 20 respectively, when they visited the festival site at Knebworth Park on Thursday.

The 24-year-old had entered the country illicitly, while the 20-year-old was snared after he overstayed his visa.

Meanwhile, the 22-year-old was caught working illegally at Gourmet Burger and Fries, which now faces a fine of up to �10,000 unless it can prove that it made the correct pre-employment checks.

Then on Saturday and Sunday, police officers detained two festival-goers, namely a 32-year-old Nigerian and a 26-year-old South African, both of whom had overstayed their visas.


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Immigration officer Emma Engutsamy said: “Our first visit to Sonisphere has proved extremely productive.

“As well as the arrests, we have also gathered useful intelligence and been able to raise public awareness of our work.”

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She added: “We are determined to crack down on immigration abuse wherever we find it, including major music festivals like Sonisphere.”

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