Ukip condemns Home Office roundup of suspected illegal immigrants

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A Home Office roundup of suspected illegal immigrants was condemned on Friday by the Ukip leader Nigel Farage as deeply disturbing, as Labour called on the home secretary to reveal whether the sweep had broken official guidelines on how to conduct stop and search operations.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) also said it was investigating the incident.

The sweep by the UK Border Agency, mainly at rail stations, has caused a furore, partly because the Home Office issued press releases and Twitter updates saying how many “immigration offenders” had been arrested, apparently prejudging their guilt.

The Twitter updates followed the Home Office use of vans warning illegal immigrants that they must “go home” or face arrest.

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