Four illegal workers were arrested and detained during a UK Border Agency Valentines Day raid on a restaurant in Buckie.
UK Border officers, acting on ‘intelligence’ targeted the China Town Restaurant on West Church Street, Buckie, on Thursday 14 February 2013.
After checking the immigration status of all staff two Chinese men aged 41 and 26, along with a 42-year-old Chinese woman and a 45-year-old Malaysian man, were found to be working illegally. The ‘gang of four’ are currently in detention, pending removal, a form of deportation, from the UK.
The Chinese restaurant will be served up a £10,000 civil penalty notice (fine) for each worker employed illegally without the correct permission.
Unless the owners are able to provide evidence that legally required checks were carried out before giving the workers a job – such as asking for a passport or a Home Office document – they will be slapped with a ‘Valentines Day Massacre’ fine of up to £40,000.
Adam Scarcliffe, of the UK Border Agency said:
‘Foreign nationals who are in this country illegally should be in no doubt that they will be found, arrested and removed from the UK.
Employing illegal workers undercuts honest businesses and defrauds the public purse. There is no excuse for using illegal labour, and if businesses ignore our immigration laws, they face heavy fines.’
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) imposes civil penalties on hundreds of companies, which pay millions in fines, which have failed to carry out legally-required checks on their staff.
Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit the Preventing 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, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Source: UKBA.
Since the vast majority of UKBA reported raids appear to targeted at ethnic, notably Chinese and Indian restaurants, you would think the business owners would get the message and take steps to avoid a massive fine.
For the workers who have been arrested and detained at an immigration detention centre, they can still seek legal advice to prevent their removal if they feel they have mitigating circumstances or human rights grounds, for instance if they are in a relationship and have a child in the UK.
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