12 January 2011
Four workers without a UK Visa arrested in Greater Manchester takeaways
The UK Border Agency has arrested four illegal workers after raids on two takeaways in Greater Manchester.
Kakon Indian Takeaway on Ashton Lane in Sale and Zain's Krispy Chicken on Wilmslow Road, Manchester, were raided on Saturday.
Two Bangladeshi men were arrested at Kakon for breaching UK Visa conditions and working illegally in the UK and two Pakistani men were arrested at Zain's for overstaying, breaching UK Visa conditions and working illegally.
UK Immigration officers said the men had no right to be employed in the UK and both businesses have been handed civil penalty notices for employing illegal workers.
The employers must be able to prove they conducted checks on the employees right to work in the UK, or face a fine of up to £10,000 per worker.
Two of the illegal workers remain in detention and two were ordered to report to the local enforcement office. Preparations are being made for all four to be removed from the country.
Eddy Montgomery, operations director of the UK Border Agency in the North West, said: "This is the latest in a series of operations we've carried out to tackle immigration crime in Manchester, and more are planned.
"Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work. Businesses which operate outside the law should be warned that they will be found and they will be punished."
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