Three arrested in immigration operation

08 September 2015

Acting on intelligence, officers visited Wok Chinese takeaway on High Street Bangor at 5.30pm 0n Saturday (5 September) and questioned the staff to establish whether they had the right to live and work in the UK.

A 46-year-old Chinese man found working in the kitchen was arrested for entering the country illegally.

At 6.30 pm the same evening officers visited Kung Fu Chinese takeaway also on High Street Bangor and arrested a 31-year-old Malaysian man who had also entered the country illegally.

On Thursday 27 August a 48-year-old Chinese man was arrested at Phuns Welcome Chinese takeaway in Market Square Dromore for entering the country illegally.

All three were transferred to immigration detention pending their removal from the UK.

The businesses were each served a notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker arrested 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.

Deputy Director Mike Golden, from the 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.”

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.

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