Five Arrested in Immigration Operations

17 June 2015

Acting on intelligence, officers visited the businesses and questioned staff to check if they had the right to be and work in the UK.

 

Elements Chinese takeaway on Main Street, Crumlin, was visited on Friday 5 June at 5pm and two Chinese men, aged 31 and 32, found working illegally in the kitchen were arrested. 

 

On Saturday 6 June, at 8pm, in Planet Spice on Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, officers arrested a 39-year-old Bangladeshi man who was found working illegally in the kitchen. 

 

Chen Chen Chef Chinese takeaway on Victoria Road, Carrickfergus, was visited at 5.30pm on Friday 12 June. Two Chinese nationals, a 40-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man found working illegally in the takeaway’s kitchen were arrested.

 

All those arrested were in the country illegally and are currently in Home Office detention while steps are taken to remove them from the country.

 

The businesses were each served with a notice warning that a civil penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out such as seeing a passport or official Home Office document. This is a potential total of £100,000 across the three.

 

Deputy Director Mike Golden, from the Home Office’s Northern Ireland Immigration Enforcement Team, said:

 

“These arrests are a clear warning to those in Northern Ireland abusing our immigration laws. There will be no slowdown in our efforts to arrest, detain and remove you from the UK.

 

“Employers who use illegal labour are defrauding the taxpayer, undercutting genuine employers and denying legitimate job hunters work. 

 

“Information from the public can be a huge help in our work and I would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”

 

Anyone 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 new quick answer right-to-work tool to help employers check if someone has the right to work in the UK.

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