Armed officers swooped in on the Muslim-owned Friendly Hands Car Wash after receiving a tip-off about illegal aliens, as well as guns and drugs being sold on the premises. There was also an allegation of money laundering being carried out at the business in Evesham, Worcs.
UK Express CCTV footage shows the moment two officers, carrying assault rifles, burst into the property at 8am on November 28. Two suspects can be seen walking out of the front door of the business with their hands up before the officers order them to lie face-down on the ground.
One of the armed officers then grabs one of the men by the arm and drags him 10ft across the ground. The workers were then ordered to sit on their knees facing the wall with their arms handcuffed behind their backs. “Police dragged one of the staff along the floor and then kept staff with guns to their heads by the fence for half an hour.
Officers arrested a 26-year-old Albanian man on suspicion of entering the UK illegally and he was sent to an immigration detention centre. Car wash owner Bashkim Ademi, 38, said: “I have not been able to sleep the way they treated my staff.
Local residents and the business owner have slammed police. Customer Rod Canning, who runs Vantage Commercials in the town, said: “This is not a way to treat foreign workers, they were treated like dogs. “I cannot believe that this was happening in this country, it made me ashamed to be British. (So, move to Crapistan) “The staff were treated like terrorists.” (They probably are)
West Mercia Police have defended the raid, saying it was a “success.” Chief Inspector David Ashmore said: “This was a successful, pre-planned policing operation and was conducted in conjunction with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and UK Border Agency (UKBA).