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Two men arrested at City of Coventry Stadium returned to Pakistan

Two people arrested at the City of Coventry Stadium last week have been removed from the UK.

The two men, aged 24 and 21, were arrested during checks on staff applying for accreditation to work at the stadium during the Olympics.

The UK Border Agency found both had overstayed their visas. They were taken into detention and were returned to Pakistan yesterday (25 July).

“These arrests show that our security checks are working. As part of the process for allowing staff to work at the Olympics, we examine immigration and criminal records, and accreditation will be refused to anyone who is not entitled to live or work in the UK.

“The responsibility for ensuring that employees have the right to work in the UK rests with the employer. The UK Border Agency is working closely with employers and contractors at Olympics venues to prevent illegal working.

“Our message to people who are in the UK illegally is that they must leave. As these cases make clear, if they refuse to do so we will enforce their removal.”

– Chief Immigration Officer David Burr, from the Local Immigration Team for the West Midlands

Olympic football fans help injured man in Coventry

Four Olympic football fans came to the rescue of a man who suffered a cardiac arrest near the City of Coventry Stadium.

He was working at the Coventry Building Society branch in the nearby retail park when he suffered an electric shock while working on the lights. He then fell from his ladder.

The four - two South African anaesthetists, an off-duty nurse from Nuneaton's George Eliot Hospital and a member of St John Ambulance - were en-route to the South Africa versus Sweden women's football match.

They started CPR and a public access defibrillator available at the retail park was also used to help the man, who is in a critical condition in hospital.

“Whilst the man, who is believed to be in his thirties was in a critical condition, the quick actions of the four at the scene have undoubtedly given him the best possible chance of survival.

“Once again, it shows the value of everyone taking the time to learn basic life support skills.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson


The Olympic Games get underway in the Midlands today

The City of Coventry Stadium hosts two Olympic football matches today Credit: ITV Central

After years of preparation, the Olympic Games are set to get underway today... at least in the Midlands.

The first of the women's football events starts at the City of Coventry Stadium, as Japan take on Canada. Kick off is at 16.50. This will then be followed by Sweden vs. South Africa, which kicks off

The Stadium is hosting 12 football matches in total over the next eight days.