11 caught in Glasgow without work permits

05 Mar 2012 | Posted by Carl Thomas

A group of 11 immigration offenders have been caught in employment in Glasgow without the required UK work permits.

The immigrants were discovered at a number of restaurants around the city, including the Spice Garden, Curry King and Classic India, after officers from the UK Border Agency (UKBA) accompanied by Strathclyde police conducted investigations on Chinese and Indian takeaways in the area.

Those arrested were from Pakistan, China and India and ranged in age from 20 to 44-years-old.

Phil Taylor, regional director for Scotland and Northern Ireland and the UKBA, commented on the arrests: "We will not tolerate illegal working which threatens to damage our communities - it undercuts wages and exploits vulnerable workers. The UK Border Agency will act on intelligence to target those businesses which ignore the rules and remove those with no right to be in the UK."

He added that the operation is just one part of ongoing efforts to clampdown on illegal working in Scotland.

Six of the people arrested have been detained while plans are made to remove them from the country, while the remaining five are still being investigated.

The businesses concerned, meanwhile, could face fines of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker unless they are able to prove that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out before hiring.