Three immigration offenders arrested

13 January 2017

Three immigration offenders have been arrested by Immigration Enforcement officers in Counties Antrim and Down.

In an operation yesterday (Thursday, 12 January), officers visited The Money Tree, Sloan Street, Lisburn and questioned staff to establish whether they had the right to live and work in the UK.

Two Chinese men, aged 48 and 63, who were found to be in the country illegally were arrested.

In a previous operation in Newcastle on Saturday, 7 January, officers visited New Cinnamon Club, Downs Road.  A 30-year-old Bangladeshi man found working in the kitchen was arrested when it was discovered he was in the country illegally.

All three men are currently in detention while steps are taken to remove them from the UK.

The Money Tree and New Cinnamon Club were each served a notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker 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 confirming permission to work. This is a potential total of up to £40,000 for The Money Tree and £20,000 for New Cinnamon Club.

Mike Golden, from Immigration Enforcement in Northern Ireland, said:


“We are working hard to tackle illegal working and those who abuse the UK’s immigration system.
“Illegal working is not a victimless crime. It cheats the taxpayer, meaning less money is available for vital public services, undercuts honest employers and denies legitimate job seekers employment opportunities. It also exploits some of society’s most vulnerable people.


“We expect everyone here illegally to leave the UK voluntarily. For those who don’t the message is clear - we will find, detain and remove you.”


People with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Information to help employers carry out checks to prevent illegal working can be found at


It includes a quick answer right-to-work tool to help employers check if someone has the right to work in the UK.