Two arrested for illegal working

19 Apr 2013 | Posted by Carl Thomas

Two individuals have been arrested for working illegally in the UK, leaving the employers with potentially high fines.

The two men were arrested during raids in Rhyl. Information was sent to the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and officers were sent to two businesses on Thursday (18th April).

Immigration checks were carried out on staff at The Godfather and Chilli Pinks restaurants and Queen Street and officers arrested the pair – a 33-year-old Pakistani man at The Godfather, who was working illegally following the expiration of his UK visa; and a 35-year-old Bangladeshi man - who had overstayed his UK visa while working at Chilli Pinks.

The men are now being held in police custody ahead of their removal from the country, but the businesses themselves could still be hit with significant fines. Both employers could be issued with fines of up to £10,000 for each employee if they are unable to prove that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out before the individuals were taken on. These could be as simple asking to see Home Office documents or passports to prove an individual's right to be in Britain.

Richard Johnson, an officer from the Home Office's immigration enforcement's division, commented: "Where we find people living and working illegally in the UK we will seek to remove them. We would urge anyone with information about suspected immigration offenders to get in touch so we can take action."

The news follows the arrest of two individuals in Rickmansworth, who were found to have been working in the country illegally. The two individuals had no permission to be working in this country but were employed at Buon Cibo.

Both workers were from Brazil. A woman, aged 25, from Brazil, had entered the country illegally, while the 26-year-old man had overstayed his UK visa.