Illegal Working Raids

26 September 2013

Targeted at mobile phone accessory carts located in shopping centres, the teams, assisted by PSNI and Police Scotland officers, are questioning those who are staffing the stalls to check if they have the right to work and be in the UK. 

The operation is still ongoing and there are no further details available at this time.

Carolyne Lindsay for the Home Office, said:

“Foreign nationals who are found working illegally in this country should be in no doubt that they will be caught, arrested and removed from the UK.

“We are determined to crack down on immigration offenders and those who exploit them. Anyone found living or working here illegally is liable to be detained and removed.” 

Every year, the Home Office imposes civil penalties on hundreds of companies which fail to carry out legally-required checks on their staff.   

The Home Office provides support to employers so they can understand the rules, including visits by staff, a dedicated telephone helpline and website.  

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit or they can call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business or someone is living in the UK illegally can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 


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 follow the Home Office on Twitter at


4.         The Home Office is a member of the Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) in Northern Ireland. The OCTF was established in 2000 to provide strategic direction for a multi-agency approach to tackling organised crime.  Chaired by Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford, the Task Force brings together representatives from Government, law enforcement and a wide range of other agencies.  It is a forum where partner agencies can discuss problems, share information and agree priorities