Woman stopped at airport

PUBLISHED: 20:00 17 July 2011

View of Bristol Airport A38 Entrance.
9-4-08

View of Bristol Airport A38 Entrance. 9-4-08

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A MALAYSIAN woman suspected of attempting to come to Britain illegally was stopped twice in one day - the last time at Bristol Airport.

The 37-year-old was first stopped when trying to board a Eurostar train at Paris’ Gare du Nord station.

Then, just hours later, UK Border Agency officers at Bristol Airport refused the woman entry to the country.

Despite claiming to be a tourist, officers believed she was intending to work illegally, having brought with her employment references and academic qualifications.

Immigrations records also revealed that she had previously been removed from the country for overstaying a visa.

Director of the UK Border Agency for the South and Europe, Carole Upshall, said: “This case shows why we base UK Border Agency staff in France – to stop would-be illegal immigrants before they can reach the UK and to share information about people who might be on their way here.

“Our officers not only check people when they arrive at the UK’s border but do so before they even begin their journey here – using police, security and immigration watch lists. If someone wants to come to the UK to work, then they need to have the correct visa before they travel.”

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