03 June 2010

Major UK immigration operation to tackle illegal workers in Lancashire

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Twenty-seven people were found working illegally at a Lancaster farm following a major operation by the UK Border Agency.

Agency officers targeted Drinkwater Mushrooms at Hampson Farm, Galgate, and found of group of illegal workers from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal.

Arrests of the men and women were made for offences such as illegal entry, working in breach of UK Visa conditions and overstaying permission to be in the UK.  

The employer also has 28 days to provide evidence that the correct UK immigration checks were carried out, or will face a fine of up to £10,000 per illegal worker or £270,000 in totoal.

UK Immigration Minister, Damian Green, said: "We will not tolerate illegal working, in Lancashire or anywhere else – it undercuts British wages and exploits vulnerable workers.

"These arrests are part of a continuing clamp down on illegal working in Lancashire to reduce the attractiveness of the UK to illegal immigrants,” he said.

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