Four illegal workers were arrested this week in a series of raids in north Cumbria by officials from the UK Border Agency.
Three of the people detained were working at takeaway food outlets in Carlisle, while the fourth was at the Frank Bird poultry plant in Langwathby. All the raids were carried out on Wednesday.
Officials first detained a 37 year-old Bangladeshi man who had overstayed his visa after targeting the Viceroy Restaurant on Rigg Street.
They then raided the Masala Spice House, on Denton Street, Carlisle, arresting a 28 year-old Bangladeshi man who was detained for breaching his student visa conditions.
The final Carlisle raid was at the Golden Dragon, on Kingmoor Road, where they arrested a 29 year-old Chinese woman. Checks showed she was working illegally and had overstayed her visa.
That restaurant’s owner was issued with a civil penalty notice for employing a suspected illegal worker. The fine could be up to £10,000.
At Frank Bird Poultry officers arrested and detained a 30-year-old man, of unknown nationality, who is believed to have overstayed his visa.
All three men who were arrested are currently in detention pending their removal from the UK, while the Chinese woman is on immigration bail.
Alison Wray, head of enforcement for the UK Border Agency in the North West, said: “We will continue our hard work to track down those who have no permission to remain in the UK.
“As this operation shows those found to be here illegally will be caught and will face removal from the UK.
“The UK Border Agency is also targeting unscrupulous employers who hire illegal workers, 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 do break the law should know that they will face heavy fines.”
Employers unable to provide evidence that they completed the necessary legal checks on a worker before giving him or her a job faces a fine of up to £10,000 per illegal worker.
The agency says that employers who are unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/preventing-illegal-working. Or they can call the UK Border Agency’s Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.
Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/contact/report-crime.
The UKBA are stepping up their campaign to remove more illegal workers this summer, following reports of 150,000 missing visa overstayers.
Employers who employer illegal workers risk a £10,000 fine or 2 years in prison.
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