Operation Carried Out by Immigration Enforcement Officers
Three illegal workers have been arrested following an operation by our immigration enforcement officers in Saffron Walden.
Acting on intelligence, officers from the UK Border visited The Mogul Restaurant on High Street. Individuals were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
A 43-year-old Bangladeshi man who had overstayed his visa and a 23-year-old Bangladeshi man who had entered the country illegally were arrested. Both men have been detained while steps are taken to remove them from the country.
A 42-year-old Burmese man who was also arrested and temporarily released will have to report regularly to us while his case is considered.
The Mogul will be served a notice warning that civil penalties of up to £10,000 per illegal worker arrested will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out. This is a potential total of up to £30,000.
Chris Evans, Essex and Herts, immigration enforcement team, Home Office said: ‘These arrests will act as a stark warning to anyone in Saffron Walden who is in the UK illegally. We will catch up with you and you will face arrest, detention and removal from the country. ‘Illegal working has a negative impact on communities. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities. ‘We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who break the law should know that they will face financial penalties. ‘I would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.’
Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can report their suspicions in confidence or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit thepreventing illegal working page of our website or call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.