20 August 2010

Three arrested after UK immigration raid on salon

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Three people have been arrested for working illegally following a raid on a beauty salon in Slough.

UK Border Agency officers went to Sam's Hair and Beauty Studio on Chalvey Road on Wednesday last week, and investigations revealed that three people working at the business did not have a UK Visa or the right to work in the UK.

An 18-year-old male Iraqi failed asylum seeker was arrested, as were two women, aged 26 and 40, from India and Pakistan, who had both overstayed their UK visas.

The Iraqi man and Indian women remain in detention pending their removal from the UK, while the Pakistani woman was granted immigration bail while officers seek to get travel documents so she can be deported.

The salon owners now face a fine of up to £30,000 for employing the three illegal workers, unless they can prove that they carried out the correct checks on their employees' right to work.

Rob Allen, assistant director of the UK Border Agency's Berkshire local UK immigration team, said: "This is the latest in a series of operations targeting Berkshire businesses suspected of employing illegal workers. More are planned."


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