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Go home or face arrest says the Home Office

The Home Office plans to drive vans through Brent and five more boroughs in London with adverts calling on illegal immigrants to leave.

The adverts on the vans say: "In the UK illegally? Go home or face arrest. Text HOME to 78070 for free advice, and help with travel documents. We can help you to return home voluntarily without fear of arrest or detention."

The areas that have been targeted by the Home Office is Brent, Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Ealing, Hounslow and Redbridge because they have had either significantly higher or below average numbers of voluntary returns.

I know that immigration in the UK needs to be tackled, but I am shocked to see plans to drive vans around Brent and five other boroughs in London. This will have a detrimental impact on the hugely diverse and harmonious community in Brent. The problem of illegal immigration has to be tackled properly and a campaign like this will only divide and discriminate communities.

We have worked very hard to have a borough which is an outstanding example of a multi-cultural community and this discriminatory propaganda by the Home Office will cause serious harm and raise tension in the community.