A SOUTHAMPTON woman has been arrested as part of a national immigration raid.

The 30-year-old woman was arrested as part of a criminal investigation into Indian nationals posing as religious ministers at the Khalsa Missionary Society.

Based in Manchester, the society is sponsoring immigrants to work for them as ministers under the migrant workers system.

The woman was one of ten people arrested nationwide under the 1971 Immigration Act on suspicion of obtaining leave by deception.

Raids were also carried out in Slough, Luton, Hounslow, Birmingham and Leicester.

A further nine people were arrested for immigration offences including overstaying their visas. All those arrested are now being questioned at police stations across the UK.

The Home Office has not released the address where she was arrested at 7am on Tuesday.

Anyone with information about immigration crime can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.