Dark-skinned members of the public have been picked out for searches and identity checks by a uniformed Border Agency team operating at a tube station in an area targeted by the so-called ‘Racist Van’. The picture above shows the “intimidating” team of four large officers operating at Kensal Green station earlier today.
A source told Scrapbook:
“They claimed to be conducting “random” checks for IDs at the station, but totally ignored me as a pasty white British person and stopped the two non-white people behind me.”
We have asked the Home Office whether an increase in high visibility patrols has been timed to coincide with ‘Racist Van’ campaign, which has seen mobile advertising boards tour boroughs with high levels of immigration.
UPDATE: A Home Office spokesperson told Scrapbook that this was “a routine operation and visits such as these have not increased to coincide with the recent ad van advertising campaign.”
“Immigration Enforcement officers conducted an operation at Kensal Green Tube Station at 6am today (Tuesday 30 July) where they questioned individuals to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
“They arrested three people. A Ukrainian women, aged 33, and Indian man, aged 44, were both found to have entered the country illegally and a 59-year-old Brazilian woman had overstayed her visa.
“The Ukrainian and Brazilian women have been transferred to immigration detention pending removal from the country. The Indian man has been placed on immigration bail. If found to be in the UK illegally he too will be removed from the country.
“Our officers carry out hundreds of operations every year around London, and where we find people who are in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them.”
We’ll see whether their own figures bear that out.