Author: Anna Riley
Residents have said their street is always being raised by immigration enforcement officers and “terrible” shared houses are giving their home a bad name.
Householders living in Rensburg Street, off New Bridge Road in east Hull, have spoken out after Home Office officials raided a nail salon and arrested a worker.
On Tuesday a Vietnamese woman working at Stylz Nails in Rensburg Street was arrested after she was found to be a failed asylum seeker. The Home Office also confirmed their investigations into the nail salon are continuing.
But one woman says seeing the immigration van arrive in her street is not unusual, and blamed shared houses – houses of multiple occupancy (HMO) – for the “trouble”.
The woman, who does not want to be named, said: “The street is full of multiple occupancy houses which causes a lot of trouble and there’s always an immigration van coming up and down here.
“It’s terrible really – something needs to be done about all the HMOs as it’s just not right, it’s giving the street such a bad name.”
Another resident from the street said they had seen the arrested woman being taken away in the immigration van. She said: “We saw the same van down Holderness Road earlier this morning with the same staff members in it – we don’t know if it was related to the lady being taken away at Rensburg Street or if it was about something else.”
Another woman that lives on Rensburg Street said what had happened was a shame. She said: “It is a shame that they took away the lady – she does nails at the hairdressers around the corner and seemed really nice.”
The Home Office said it arrested the woman after carrying out an intelligence-led operation. It said the woman has been detained while arrangements to remove her from the UK are made.
If an asylum claim has been rejected, the said asylum seeker is said to be refused asylum, or a failed asylum seeker.
Some failed asylum seekers are allowed to remain in the UK temporarily, some return home voluntarily and some are placed in immigration detention before being deported.
Stylz Nails is being investigated further by the Home Office, the government department responsible for immigration.
Immigration enforcement is part of the Home Office responsible for enforcing the UK’s immigration laws by conducting “visits” to homes and businesses.
A spokeswoman for the Home Office, said: “In an intelligence led operation, immigration enforcement officers visited Stylz Nails, Holderness Road, Hull at about 10.45am on Tuesday, July 3.
“A 44-year-old Vietnamese woman, who was found to be a failed asylum seeker, was arrested. She has been detained while steps are taken to remove her from the UK.