Four Offenders Caught In Immigration Enforcement Operations

20 May 2016

Acting on intelligence, officers visited China Garden, takeaway on Foyle Street Londonderry on Thursday 19 May and questioned staff to establish whether they had the right to live and work in the UK.


A 46-year-old Chinese woman, 30-year-old Chinese man and 29-year-old Malaysian man, found working in the kitchen were arrested when checks revealed that they were in the country illegally. 


On Thursday 12 May, officers visited China’s Finest, takeaway on Windmill Street Ballynahinch.

A 47-year-old Chinese woman was arrested after it was discovered that she was in the country illegally.

The four people arrested have been transferred to immigration detention while steps are taken to have them removed from the country.

China Garden and China's Finest were each served with a notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker will be imposed unless the employer can demonstrate that a appropiate right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work. This is a potential total of £60,000 for China Garden and £20,000 for China's Finest.

Mike Golden, from Immigration Enforcement in Northern Ireland said:


“We are working hard to counter illegal working and 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.”

Immigration Enforcement is an operational directorate within the Home Office responsible for enforcing immigration law.

Information to help employers prevent illegal working can be found at 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 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.




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