Ten immigration offenders arrested.

19 October 2015

Acting on intelligence, officers visited Lotus Garden Chinese takeaway on Main Street, Kesh, at 6pm on Saturday 17 October and questioned staff to establish whether they had the right to live and work in the UK.

A 55-year-old Chinese man discovered in the takeaway’s kitchen was arrested after checks revealed he was a failed asylum seeker without the right to work in the UK. He has been detained while steps are taken to remove him from the country.

On Thursday 15 October at 7pm officers visited Clementine Asian European Kitchen, on Shankill Road, Belfast.

A 52-year-old Chinese woman who was in the country illegally was arrested and is in immigration detention pending her removal from the country A 29-year-old Chinese man, an asylum seeker who did not have the right to work in the UK, was also found . He must report regularly to the Home Office while his case is progressed.

Each business has been served a notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 will be imposed unless the employer can demonstrate that appropriate right to work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.

In separate operations in Belfast on Thursday, working with Police Service of Northern Ireland, officers arrested two Malaysian men aged 44 and 41, three Chinese women aged 39 to 51 and two Chinese men aged 28 and 50.

 

They had all overstayed their visas and were in the country illegally.

 

The two Malaysian men, a 51-year-old Chinese woman and a 28-year-old Chinese man have been transferred to immigration detention pending their removal from the UK. Two Chinese women aged 39 and 50, along with a 50 year-old Chinese man, must report regularly to the Home Office while their cases are progressed.

 

Mike Golden, from the Scotland & Northern Ireland Home Office Immigration Enforcement Team, said:

“As these operations demonstrate, we are working hard to arrest and remove those who abuse the UK’s immigration system.

“Using illegal labour is not a victimless crime. It cheats the taxpayer, undercuts businesses who ply an honest trade and deprives legitimate job seekers of employment opportunities. 

“There are simple checks employers can carry out to ensure their employees have the right to work in the UK. Those who choose to ignore the rules will face the consequences. 
“I would urge anyone with detailed and specific information about suspected immigration abuse to contact us.”


The arrests came after the new Immigration Bill, setting out the Government's plans to crack down further on illegal migration, had its second reading in Parliament.

The Bill includes new measures aimed at cracking down on the exploitation of low-skilled workers, increasing the punishments for employing illegal migrants, and strengthening sanctions for working illegally.


Information to help employers 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 can work in the UK. 

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 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 can work in the UK. 

Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact 
https://www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

 

 

 

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 visit www.gov.uk/home-office. follow the Home Office on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ukhomeoffice.

 

3.      The Home Office is a member of the Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) in Northern Ireland. 

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