NINE suspected immigration offenders have been arrested at a chicken abattoir in South Hiendley.

Officers from the Home Office visited Al-Ummah Halal Poultry at Old Colliery Farm, on Main Street, at 2.45am on Wednesday and carried out checks on staff arriving for work.

Eight of the nine arrested are Pakistani nationals suspected of overstaying their visas, and one is a 22-year-old suspected failed asylum seeker from Afghanistan.

They have all been detained at police stations across South and West Yorkshire as they're questioned further on their immigration status.

Officers are also investigating the use of forged documents in relation to two of the men.

Julie Curle, of the Home Office’s Yorkshire and Humber immigration and enforcement team, said: "We're working hard across Yorkshire to track down and remove from the country those who seek to abuse the UK’s immigration laws.

"Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, undermining legitimate businesses and taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work."