No charges at Preston chicken factory

Gafoor Pure Halal Ltd on Fletcher Road, Preston
Gafoor Pure Halal Ltd on Fletcher Road, Preston
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Immigration chiefs have revealed no further action will be taken against a Preston chicken factory following raids in October.

Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers visited Gafoor Pure Halal on Fletcher Road, Deepdale, on October 11 last year, and arrested three people found to be in the country illegally.

However the firm itself has been cleared of any potential action.

Two of those arrested, Indian men aged 23 and 26, have now been removed from the UK. A third man, aged 26 and from Pakistan, has been released on immigration bail while an outstanding application is considered. If this application is refused he also faces removal from the UK.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “We will continue to take action against those who are in the country illegally.

“Members of the public with detailed and specific information about suspected immigration abuse should contact us.”

Gafoor’s Managing Director Ozayr Patel said he would like to reiterate that there was no malice from Gafoor Pure Halal .

“Stringent checks and a rigorous procedure is in place when we employ our staff,” he said.