Two arrested in Coleraine immigration raid

27 July 2012

Two illegal workers from Pakistan have been caught in a UK Border Agency raid on a restaurant in Coleraine.


Acting on information received, officers went to the Indus Valley Indian restaurant on Riverside Park East, Coleraine at around 5.30 p.m. yesterday, 26 July, to carry out immigration checks on the staff working there.


Once checks were made, two men from Pakistan were found to have stayed in the UK illegally after their visas had expired.


The men – aged 22 and 23, – were placed in immigration detention at Larne House in Larne while arrangements are made to remove them from the country.


Mike Golden, of the UK Border Agency, said:

“Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who are legally entitled to work and undercutting law-abiding businesses.


“All our operations are intelligence led, so we’d encourage anyone with information about people breaking immigration laws to get in touch with us whether it involved suspected illegal workers or the businesses employing them.


“We are sending a simple, clear message to people who are in the country illegally – more raids are planned and you will be caught.”


The Indus Valley now faces a fine of up to £20,000 – £10,000 per illegal worker – for employing the two illegal staff.


To avoid the penalty, the employer must prove that legally-required checks such as taking copies of a passport or a Home Office document were made on the men before they were taken on.


Anyone who has information on suspected immigration offenders can visit or contact the UK Border Agency on 01275 841523.