ILLEGAL WORKERS CAUGHT IN BELFAST

02 April 2014

A Belfast takeaway is facing a potential financial penalty following an operation by a Home Office immigration enforcement team.
 
Acting on intelligence, officers visited New Century Chinese takeaway at 6.15pm yesterday (Tuesday 1 April), and questioned staff to check if they had the right to be and work in the UK.
 
The takeaway, on Oldpark Road, was found to be employing three Chinese workers illegally.  
 
Officers arrested the three men, aged 33, 35 and 48 for various immigration offences.
 
The 48-year-old is in Home Office detention pending removal from the country. The other two must now report to the Home Office while their cases are progressed.  If it is found that they have no right to be in the UK they will also be removed.
 
The business was served with a notice warning that a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per illegal worker found will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out. This is a potential total of £30,000.
 
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.
 
Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can https://www.gov.uk/check-an-employees-right-to-work-documents or they can call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.
 
For more information and contact details for Home Office Immigration Enforcement teams in Northern Ireland visit:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/contact-details-for-immigration-compliance-and-enforcement-teams
 
 
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.       On Tuesday 26 March the Home Secretary announced that the UK Border Agency would be replaced by two new immigration commands within the Home Office- an immigration and visa service and an immigration law enforcement organisation. These changes came into effect on Monday 1 April 2013.
 
3.       For all the latest Home Office news visit www.gov.uk/home-office. follow the Home Office on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ukhomeoffice.

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