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SIX illegal immigrants caught working at the Isle of Wight Festival are being kicked out of the country.

UK Border Agency officials joined forces with Hampshire Police to raid the site at Seaclose Park in Newport before festivalgoers arrived last week.

A 31-year-old Brazilian man caught working on a food stall in breach of his visa conditions was put on a flight out of the UK on Monday.

The UK Border Agency is now working to remove the five remaining offenders caught as soon as possible.

Four – three Nigerian men aged 24, 33 and 47 and a 54-year-old Jamaican man – were caught working illegally for security firms and had overstayed their visas. The fifth, a 35-year-old Filipino man, was caught working on a food stall and had also overstayed his visa.

Lyn Sari, assistant director of the local immigration team, said: ‘We are sending a simple, clear message to people flouting the law – more raids are planned and you will be caught.’

The operation was backed by festival organisers and security firms.