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A MAN who hid a passport in his underpants is one of several overseas visitors who have tried to con their way past officials at Birmingham Airport.

A MAN who hid a passport in his underpants is one of several overseas visitors who have tried to con their way past officials at Birmingham Airport.

Over the past few weeks there has been a glut of bogus visitors attempting to hoodwink officers from the UK Border Agency.

The 33-year-old Ukranian had originally presented a Lithanian passport, but an eagle-eyed official spotted that there was something odd about the photo.

Checks were carried out and it emerged that the passport had been reported lost in 2006.

When questioned further, the man claimed to work as a farmer in France - even though he couldn’t speak the language.

Eventually he admitted that the passport was not his and produced the genuine passport - which was concealed in his underwear.

In another incident, on August 9, an American visitor claimed that he had come to Britain “for some fresh air”.

The 31-year-old had arrived on a flight from Frankfurt, but it soon emerged that he had already been prevented from entering the UK last month.

Both men were detained at the airport before being put on return flights.

Passengers from Moldova, Iran and the Sudan have also been refused entry to the country in recent weeks.

John Whyte, from the UK Border Force, said: “Our strong new force is making it harder than ever for illegal immigrants to try and con their way into the UK.”

 

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