Migrant worker myth busting
Agencies from across the UK and Cornwall joined forces last week to take part in a migrant worker action week.
With up to five per cent of the Cornish population being from countries such as Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, the week aimed to help and support people from all communities and to increase understanding.
The action week involved the police, fire service, gang masters licensing authority, Her Majesties Revenue and Customs, VOSA, road fuel testing, private sector housing, environmental health, trading standards, health and safety executive and the UK Border Control Agency.
This was the eighth action week and since its inception there has been a marked improvement in housing, welfare, driving and workplace standards across the migrant population.
This was highlighted by two traffic operations during the week.
Held in Newquay and Hayle the operations found that of 90 vehicles stopped the only offences were committed by local people. These involved drink driving, using red diesel, driving without a licence and vehicle defects.
In total 11 farms were visited with around 200 migrant workers spoken to and the final event of the week saw the UK Border Agency, fire and police action a warrant on a premises in Perranporth, which resulted in the arrest of four illegal immigrants and urgent fire safety measures being addressed.
Chief Inspector Mark Bolt, who led the operation for Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “This was a very successful multi-agency operation which showed just how far we have all come in understanding the needs of our migrant worker communities.
“I am sure it will also help to dispel some of the myths held about migrant workers in the community. The vast majority of them are here legally, live perfectly peaceful lives and make a major contribution to the county’s economy.”
Group Commander David Carlisle from the fire service said: “We came together to make Cornwall a safer place to work, live and visit. We informed, educated and where necessary enforced.
“The week has been hard work but very worthwhile, with those who are either visiting or living permanently in our beautiful county safer and happier.”
Release date: 04/02/2013 14:43
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