Tyne & Wear

College staff arrested in Tyneside immigration probe

Four senior staff members at a Tyneside college have been arrested on suspicion of facilitating immigration offences, the UK Border Agency said.

The four workers, aged 33 to 41, from Castle College, Park Road, Felling, were held after a "long and complex" investigation, the agency said.

They were arrested on suspicion of using the college to facilitate immigration offences, the agency added.

The agency has suspended the college's licence to enrol overseas students.

A female student at the college who was found to have breached the terms of her visa was also arrested, an agency spokesman said.

A "substantial amount of cash" was seized from a safe at the college, the spokesman added.

The five people were arrested during co-ordinated morning raids in Gateshead and Newcastle.

The agency said the staff arrested were a 33-year-old Bangladeshi man, two men from Pakistan, aged 37 and 41, and a Pakistani woman aged 37.

The agency said its officers were at the site earlier to "advise and assist any genuine students arriving for their studies".

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