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The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has arrested six illegal workers following a raid on a laundry in Barking, Essex.

UKBA officers, acting on “intelligence” or a tip off, raided White Town Ltd on River Road on Wednesday 23 January, where they carried out file checks on staff to see if they had the legal right to work in the UK.

Officers arrested 5 Bangladeshi men, aged between 21 and 33 for over-staying their visas, which is a criminal offence. The 5 were detained pending their removal from the UK, normally carried out within 72 hours unless some form of appeal or judicial review is immediately lodged.

The 6th man, also a Bangladeshi, aged 39, was arrested for entering the UK illegally, but surprisingly was granted ‘immigration bail’ – released – while the UKBA works to secure a travel document so he can be removed. In other words, he has ‘lost’ his passport.

White Town laundry was issued with a notice warning the business could now face a fine of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker unless they can prove to us that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out on the men.

In other words, they have been told to clean up their act or be taken to the cleaners!

Steve Fisher, assistant director, UK Border Agency said:

‘Employers who take on illegal workers are both fuelling illegal immigrations and damaging the majority of legitimate businesses who play by the rules.

‘That is why we have the power to hit those who break the law with heavy fines.

‘This is the latest in a series of raids we’ve carried out in East London and more are planned in the future. For those who are in the country illegally there is no hiding place.’

Every year, the UKBA imposes fines on hundreds of companies which fail to carry out proper right-to-work checks on staff. Anyone with information about immigration offenders can report crime on the UKBA website, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The UK Border Agency recently contracted Capita, a private ‘bounty hunter’ company, to track down 150,000 overstaying students and migrants so they can be removed or deported from the UK.

Capita has sent thousands of text messages and letters to migrants, some still with valid visas, ordering them to “leave the country” in what appears to be an unlawful manner – without official removal directions on which you can lodge an appeal.

The number of people being picked up and detained seems to be on the increase.

If you have overstayed your visa, but think you may have a human rights claim to remain in the UK, you should take advice on how to regularise or legalise your stay in the UK, before you get arrested and removed.

Immigration Matters has teamed up with a network of immigration law practitioners to offer bail and appeal services for those who find themselves locked in detention centres.

If you have been detained, need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need help with Sponsorship or Tier 2, Tier 4, applying for university if your college has closed down, Visa, ILR, Settlement, Citizenship, Dependant Visa or an appeal against a UK Border Agency or British Embassy refusal, or if you have been waiting for a reply from the Home Office for longer than a year, please email: or visit for free immigration news updates.

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