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Immigration officers leave Barking bar red-faced after mistaken sweep for illegal workers

PUBLISHED: 11:43 10 August 2018

The Kings Lounge in Linton Road, Barking. Picture: Alex Shaw

The Kings Lounge in Linton Road, Barking. Picture: Alex Shaw

Alex Shaw

Immigration officers walked out of a Barking bar red in the face after a mistaken search for illegal workers.

Around half a dozen officers were seen entering the Kings Lounge pub in Linton Road shortly around midday on Tuesday.

They left empty-handed less than 15 minutes later, much to the annoyance of staff.

Flanked by officers stood behind the bar and in front of the main entrance, manager Okey Nwosu called the sweep “embarrassing”.

The 45-year-old told the Post a similar search during the Christmas period also failed to root out any evidence of wrongdoing.

A Home Office spokesman confirmed officers conducted the swift “intelligence-led visit” at the premises.

“Officers attended that morning,” he said. “No further action was taken.”

The spokesman declined to comment on the nature of the tip-off.

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