Four illegal workers caught in lancashire
04 February 2013
Four people have been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences following a series of operations by our officers across Lancashire over the weekend.
Acting on intelligence, our officers targeted 3 businesses on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 February, where they carried out checks on staff to see if they were legally entitled to work in the UK.
Officers visited Millon Takeaway, Freckleton, in Preston at about 18:00 and found 2 Bangladeshi men, aged 29 and 33, working illegally. Both men had overstayed their visas were subsequently arrested.
The following evening officers targeted the Happy Shopper, Barnoldswick and encountered a 27-year-old Pakistani man who was working illegally. He was arrested for overstaying his visa. The same evening officers visited Zainab Collections in Victoria Street, Blackburn where they discovered a 37year-old Pakistani man who was working illegally and had overstayed his visa. He was also arrested.
All businesses will be served with civil penalty notices for employing the illegal workers. If the employers are unable to provide evidence that legally required checks were carried out before employing the workers (such as asking for a passport or a Home Office document) a penalty of up to £10,000 will be imposed.
Alison Wray, head of enforcement, North West, UK Border Agency said:
‘We will continue to track down those who have no right to be living or working in the UK. This was a successful operation unearthing 4 immigration offenders. The message is clear; if you are here illegally we will find you, we will catch you and we will remove you from the UK.
‘The UK Border Agency is targeting unscrupulous employers who hire illegal workers thereby undercutting wages and potentially exploiting vulnerable workers.
‘We are happy to work with businesses and advise what checks need to be carried out on staff, but those who break the law should know that they will face heavy fines.’
Every year, the UK Border Agency imposes civil penalties on hundreds of companies which fail to carry out proper right-to-work checks on staff.
Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit ourPreventing illegal working pages, or they can call the agency’s employers helpline on 0300 123 4699.
Anyone with information about immigration offenders can report crime on this website, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.