Asylum seeker driver deported
PUBLISHED: 12:05 08 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:06 23 August 2010
A FAILED asylum seeker who worked illegally as bus driver for almost a year has been arrested along with a colleague during raids on bus depots. The driver, from South Africa, has since been removed from the country after being arrested as he arrived for
A FAILED asylum seeker who worked illegally as bus driver for almost a year has been arrested along with a colleague during raids on bus depots.
The driver, from South Africa, has since been removed from the country after being arrested as he arrived for work at the Northfleet bus depot.
But a second driver, Buka Tabengwa, a Zimbabwean of Gordon Road, Belvedere, has now been arrested at the Dartford depot after allegedly gaining the job using false documents.
One of the men worked for the company for eight months and the other for 11 months, according to a spokesperson at Arriva.
Police Sergeant Keith Michel, from the UK Border Agency's Joint Immigration and Crime Team in Kent, said: "These arrests and subsequent removal show that we do not tolerate document fraud and treat this type of crime very seriously.
"UK Border Agency is committed to removing those who have no right to be in the UK."
Mr Tabengwa was arrested last Wednesday and was charged with two offences of possessing false identity documents and has been remanded in custody.
He is expected to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on October 12.
If criminal proceedings are finalised, the UK Border Agency would then take steps to remove him from the country.
The failed asylum seeker from South Africa who has now been deported was arrested a week earlier during a similar raid.
He had obtained work by providing a false document. When caught, he received a police caution and was detained until his removal from the UK on September 21.
A spokesperson for Arriva said: "If applicants provide the paperwork that tells us they have work permits and that they can work in this country legally, there is no reason for us to make further checks. You just have to assume that they are telling the truth.
"I don't know how the UK Border Agency found out to be honest, they must have had a trail on them. But they don't hold us responsible at all.
"We followed the processes to confirm eligibility to work in the UK and believed we had been presented with the correct documents."
Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 to pass on information about document fraudsters.