An Iranian man who entered Britain illegally has told the police that he wants to be deported as Manchester is full of rude, violent people. But rather than assisting him in his goal, the police found that he was now legally permitted to be in the country having stayed so long. Consequently they turfed him back on to the streets, writing the episode off as “strange”. Arash Aria, 25, entered a police station in Manchester city centre to turn himself in, informing officers that he had been in the country illegally for 10 years. Angry, agitated and throwing a mountain bike around he was initially arrested while officers looked into his case.
But when they checked with the Home Office they found that Mr Aria
had been in the country for so long he was now considered to be legally
domiciled. As a result, they had no option but to “de-arrest” him and
send him on his way.
A little known loophole introduced by the Labour government in 2003 grants illegal immigrants the right to stay
in the UK if they go undetected for fourteen years. Those who entered
the country on visas which do not normally carry settlement rights, such
as a student visa, only have to wait ten years.
In Mr Aria’s case the fact that he was a minor when he entered the
country may explain his residency, as minors legally become the responsibility of local councils when they arrive.
Detective Sergeant David Henshall was on duty at the time of the
incident, tweeting about it using a Greater Manchester Police account.
He said that Mr Aria began “shouting and screaming” at the front desk.