Belfast Takeaway faces fine for employing illegal workers

07 August 2017

A takeaway in Belfast is facing a potential penalty of up to £40,000 after two immigration offenders were found working at its premises.
In an intelligence led operation, Immigration Enforcement officers visited Tasty Garden, Comber Road, on Saturday 5 August.
The business was served a referral notice in relation to the illegal workers. The notice warns that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker arrested will be imposed unless the employers can demonstrate that appropriate right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work.
 
Mike Golden, from Immigration Enforcement in Northern Ireland, said:
"Those who use and exploit illegal workers face severe financial penalties.
"We are happy to work with businesses to ensure the right pre-employment checks are carried out, but those intent on operating outside the law will be found and will be punished.
 
Tasty Garden  was visited at 6pm. Immigration checks identified two Chinese men aged 52 and 25 both of whom  had entered the UK illegally.
They are now in detention while steps are taken to remove them from the UK.
 
People with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact https://www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
 
Information to help employers carry out checks to prevent illegal working can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/employers-illegal-working-penalties
It includes a quick answer right-to-work tool to help employers check if someone has the right to work in the UK.
 
NOTES TO EDITORS:
 
1. Arrests are carried out by trained immigration officers who carry out operations at businesses and private addresses, acting on intelligence received from the public and other sources. All intelligence is protected.
 
2. For all the latest Home Office news, photos and video visit the media centre: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office. Follow the Home Office on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ukhomeoffice.
 
3. Immigration Enforcement is an operational directorate within the Home Office responsible for enforcing immigration law.

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