Immigration investigation at Circus Street development in Brighton

Immigration officers at the Circus Street site
Immigration officers at the Circus Street site

Police and immigration officers were seen at the site of the Circus Street development in Brighton today (May 7).

The £130 million project by developer U+I is set to include 142 new homes, 450 student bedrooms, 30,000 sq ft of office space and workshops on the site of the old fruit and veg market.

Immigration officers at the site in Brighton

Immigration officers at the site in Brighton

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A spokesperson from U+I said: “U+I is committed to ethical practice and our contracts with construction contractors require that they abide by employment and immigration law and that all site personnel are qualified to come on site. We are aware that Home Office officials have visited the site this morning, and we are unable to provide any further details until their investigation is complete.’’

A spokesperson from Henry Construction said: “There has been an investigation by the Home Office and we have fully complied with it and are awaiting the findings. The site has closed for the day, but it will be back to business as usual tomorrow morning.”

Sussex Police said it was assisting the Home Office at the site.

The Home Office has also been contacted for a comment.