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3 Olympic security staff arrested in Newcastle

Friday, July 27, 2012 | 8:33 AM    

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LONDON, England (AP) — British officials say three people due to work as Olympic venue security staff in Newcastle have been arrested on suspicion of immigration offenses.

Newcastle City Council earlier this week replaced G4S — the company providing security at its Olympic stadium — with local firms amid concerns over the company's staffing shortfalls.

Council press officer Nigel Whitefield confirmed Friday that three people who had been hired to work at Newcastle stadium were arrested by police working with UK border agents.

Northumbria Police said the arrests were over suspected immigration offenses, which could mean anything from overstaying a visa to working illegally.

The UK Home Office confirmed the arrests and said two of the individuals remain in custody.

Olympic soccer games are being held at Newcastle.

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