Facilitators of Unlawful Entry into UK- Charged.


Three people were charged on Wednesday 24 March with facilitating unlawful entry into the UK by UKBA officers.

The three were part of a group of five who were arrested at North Shields ferry terminal in January after UKBA stafF at the port identified a 15-year-old Armenian girl attempting to enter the UK on a Latvian passport that did not belong to her. The group had all travelled over on the ferry from Holland and all were bound for the Manchester area.

The three charged are Majid Asad, 25, of Dorset Avenue, Stockport, Hamid Asad, 49, of the same address, and Erika Burkevica, 34, of Wembley Way, Gorton, Manchester.

The Asads are British nationals, originally from Armenia. Burkevica is Latvian.

No further action will be taken against the other two people arrested at North Shields. A man later arrested in Manchester as part of the investigation will also face no further charges.

All of the charged parties have now been released on bail. They are now due to appear at North Shields Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 7 April.

Detective Inspector Graham Brown, of the UK Border Agency North East immigration crime team, said:
‘Facilitation is a serious offence which often involves young and vulnerable members of the international community. We will take all possible steps to tackle such crimes.

‘Any members of the community who suspect such illegal immigration activity can report their suspicions to the UK Border Agency and their local Police.’


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