15 January 2014

A Newtownabbey takeaway faces a heavy potential financial penalty following an operation by a Home Office immigration enforcement team.

Acting on intelligence, officers visited Spring Chinese Take Away at 6pm last Thursday (9 January), and questioned staff to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
The takeaway, on Jordanstown Road, was found to be employing three illegal workers.  
Officers arrested a 26-year-old Chinese man, who had entered the country illegally. Two further Chinese men, aged 23 and 25, who had no permission to work were escorted from the premises.
All three were temporarily released while their cases are considered. They must now report to the Home Office and if it is found that they have no right to be in the country steps will be taken to remove them.
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, a potential total of £30,000.
Assistant Director Mike Golden, from the Home Office’s Northern Ireland Immigration Enforcement Team, said:
“We are working hard to track down people breaking the UK’s immigration laws and carry out regular operations across Northern Ireland.
“Illegal working is not a victimless crime. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.
“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.”
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 with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit
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.
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