Illegal immigrants were working at city car wash

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A pair of illegal immigrants who entered the UK on a lorry have been jailed following a raid at at Preston car wash.

Sali Siku, 26, and Ervis Fana, also 26, face deportation after pleading guilty to possession of false identification documents and entering the UK without leave.

Immigration officers executed a warrant at the Shiny Car Wash in London Road on May 9 and discovered six men working there.

Siku told officers he was from Albania and had lived in London after arriving in the UK four and a half years ago. He accepted he did not have a passport and had not spoken to an immigration officer upon arriving in the country.

He had an Italian driving licence in someone else’s name but bearing his picture. He was arrested and further investigations revealed he had used the document to open a bank account with Lloyds bank.

Fana was found to have a Greek ID card in someone else’s name, whch he told officers he had paid £90 for.

Daniel King, defending, said Siku had struggled to find work in Albania and had been told the UK had work available.

He said: “He paid to be part of a journey over here but when he arrived he found work was not as easy to come by as it had been suggested it was.”

Siku bought the driving licence for 350 to secure work and open a bank account.

Adrian Williams, defending, said Fana had been here for eight months and had only used the fake document to secure a job. Both men were jailed for eight months and it is understood the Home Office will serve deportation documents this week. Recorder of Preston Judge Anthony Russell QC, sentencing, said: “Society depends upon the integrity of identification documents.”

He accepted there was no evidence of the men using the documents to gain entry into the UK. However he said: “The fact is you were here unlawfully. Each of you had used false identification documents to enable you to remain here and operate within society.

“There is a considerable amount of concern about the use of false identification documents and public policy demands that immediate sentences of imprisonment should be imposed for offences of this kind.”

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