UK immigration offenders discovered in takeaway

07 Mar 2011 | Posted by Carl Thomas

Two UK immigration offenders have been discovered working in a takeaway in Dartford.

A woman, who was from Taiwan, and a man from China were both found to be working illegally at Russells takeaway on Hythe Street.

UK Border Agency (UKBA) officers discovered the pair, who were employed without the correct UK work permits and immigration documentation, during a raid on the premises earlier this year.

If the employer is found to have not carried out the appropriate checks for UK work permits or passports, they could be fined as much as £20,000.

Karyn Dunning, head of the local immigration team for Kent at the UKBA, commented: "It is the legal responsibility of all employers to check that staff have the right to work in the UK.

"There are simple ways of checking a foreign national's right to work and there are no excuses for failing to do so."

She added that the message is clear for people hiring staff in the UK: "We will not tolerate illegal working."

The news follows the arrests of seven people in the UK who are suspected of facilitating illegal immigration.

Among those arrested at addresses in London, were five lawyers. Officers from the UKBA raided locations across the capital, including West Dulwich, Clapham and Croydon.