Three arrested in immigration operation

27 July 2015

Acting on intelligence, officers visited King 11 Chinese Takeaway, Kings Crescent, Newtownabbey, on Saturday (25 July) at 5.30pm and questioned staff to check if they had the right to be and work in the UK.
 
Two Chinese women, aged 21 and 47, who were found to be in the country illegally were arrested.
 
A 40-year-old Chinese man was also arrested when it was found he had overstayed his visa and was working illegally.
 
All those arrested are currently in Home Office detention while steps are taken to remove them from the country.
 
King 11 Chinese Takeaway was 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 £60,000.
 
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 those 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 athttps://www.gov.uk/government/collections/employers-illegal-working-penalties. It includes a quick answer right-to-work tool to help employers check if someone has the right to work in the UK.
 

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