'You're treating me like an animal' - innocent man arrested by immigration officials in his own home

These are the cries of an innocent man arrested by immigration officials in his own home. Naked and alone - apart from his 18-month old son who was still in the bathroom.

Tapiwa Matukutire had applied for a driving licence and sent off his passport. It contained a valid visa, which the DVLA didn't see. They told the Home Office Tapiwa was here illegally - and the Home Office set out to detain him.

Tapiwa was in the shower when they came. He had been expecting a delivery, so went to the door in just a towel.

Tapiwa was arrested, and later de-arrested after his wife Elizabeth arrived and was allowed to explain his status.

But the family were left bewildered as to why the raid had ever happened.

The DVLA have since apologised for their role in the arrest, recognising that they didn't perform the proper checks.

But the Home Office has refused to comment on the case. Letters seen by the ITV News suggest the officials heard in the recording acted in a 'professional manner' and followed the usual procedures.

Tapiwa's lawyer, David Jones of Garden Court Chambers, adds that the case should never have got as far as the knock on the door. He describes the raid as a direct result of the Government's so-called 'hostile environment' policy, which leads people who are not immigration officials - such as banks, employers and landlords - to flag up to the Home Office when they believe someone may be an illegal immigrant. Those people are not specialists in immigration enforcement, and that means mistakes can be made.

In the North West alone, it's thought there have been 20-30 cases similar to that of Tapiwa and his wife. They say the Home Office has a duty to check its own records, to stop other families going through the same experience.