20 October 2010

Two men arrested in Henley-on-Thames for overstaying UK Visas

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The UK Border Agency has arrested two people following a raid on a restaurant in Henley-on-Thames.

UK Immigration officers visited the Brasserie Gérard on Hart Street at lunchtime on 11 October, examine staff records and ensure all staff had the right to work in the UK.

Two Brazilian men, a 25-year-old who was working in the restaurant at the time and 38-year-old found in the flat above, were arrested for overstaying their UK Visas.

 The pair are now in detention awaiting removal from the country, and both are suspected of supplying forged or counterfeit identity documents to gain employment.

Their employers could now face a fine unless they can prove that they carried out the correct right-to-work checks on their staff.
Terry Gibbs, assistant director, Oxfordshire local immigration team, said:

“This is just the latest in a series of operations we've carried out to tackle immigration crime, 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,” he said.

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