A MAN was taken to hospital with suspected TB after he fell ill during an immigration raid at a Manchester factory.

Six people were arrested when immigration officials and police raided Britannia Knitwear on Midland Street, Ardwick.

When one Pakistani national was being interviewed he began to cough up blood which led officers to call for an ambulance.

He was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary, where he was treated for suspected TB. He is expected to be arrested once he has recovered.

The six people arrested on suspicion of being in the country and working illegally were all Pakistani nationals. They were taken to Longsight Police Station for further questioning.

Rachael Hoggarth, of the Border and Immigration Agency, said the operation was a `great success’.

She said: “Thanks to information from the public, we were able to work quickly and we have arrested six men.

“We could not do this without the help of the public. Therefore I’d ask anyone with information about those working illegally to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

A spokesman for the Border and Immigration Agency in the North West said their officers were cracking down on people working illegally and the people who employ them.

She said: “We are committed to tackling illegal migrant working. We have teams visiting businesses across the region to make sure they are not breaking the law.

Illegal working hurts good business, undercuts legal workers, creates illegal profits and puts those employed at risk.

“Anyone found to be working illegally should know that we will seek to remove them from the country. Last year we enforced the removal of over 12,000 immigration offenders, more than ever before.”

A new Australian-style points-based immigration system being introduced next year will mean employers found breaking the law will lose the right to recruit workers from outside the European Union.