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Three held in immigration probe

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

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A SUSPECTED burglary led to the arrest of three men in Minchinhampton on suspicion of immigration offences.

A concerned resident had feared a break-in after she spotted the door was wide open to a flat at the village's Big Ben Chinese chippy.

Police then attended and detained the trio.

Officers had "acted on behalf of another agency" and arrested three men aged 24, 28 and 34, Gloucestershire Constabulary spokesman Simon Masters confirmed.

Big Ben takeaway owner John McGoldrick said he understood the door had swollen in the rain and would not shut.

The chip shop was operated by a tenant from Bristol, who had closed it for a New Year holiday, he said.

Other people had then been detained from the property, said Mr McGoldrick.

The Big Ben had now reopened after its regular staff's seasonal break.

Mr McGoldrick said: "By co-incidence, I met the police there. Those detained spoke no English and had no papers."

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