Manchester

'Illegal worker' caught at Greater Manchester Police HQ

New GMP headquarters
Image caption The building is scheduled to become operational next summer

A suspected illegal worker has been caught working as a security guard at the new £64m Greater Manchester Police (GMP) headquarters.

The 50-year-old man, from Nigeria, was escorted from the construction site in Central Park, Newton Heath.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) said the man was held for immigration offences and must now report to the local enforcement office.

GMP said it was in discussions with the contractor over the suspected breach.

The new headquarters, which will replace the force's current Trafford base, is expected to house more than 1,000 staff.

Construction work is continuing ahead of its scheduled opening next summer.

No police investigation

A 50-year-old man, who was caught working at Metrolink in Pollard Street, despite his visa being out of date, was also arrested during the police and UK Border Agency operation.

He was put on a flight back to Pakistan.

The contractor which employed the men could now face a fine of up to £10,000 per worker unless it can demonstrate the correct checks were carried out.

A police spokesman said: "GMP has been made aware of a breach of contract with a firm providing security for the new force headquarters site.

"GMP is now in discussions with the contractor and the investigation has been handed to another agency."

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