31 January 2011

Thirteen UK immigration offenders caught in Wales

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Thirteen UK immigration offenders have been caught following a series of raids across Cardiff, Rhyl and the Amman and Swansea valleys by UK Border Agency officers.

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Thirteen people were arrested after UK Immigration inspections found they were working without a UK Visa.

The raids were carried out after the UK immigration department received intelligence about illegal working at four businesses.

In Rhyl, a raid was carried out at Seagull International Foods, and UK immigration checks revealed two men from Pakistan, aged 28 and 33, were working illegally.

Two Bangladeshi men (aged 27 and 30) who were not seen working and who claimed to be customers were also found to be in the country illegally.

Three of the men were arrested and remain in detention while steps are taken to deport them.

The 33-year-old from Pakistan was placed on immigration bail and must report weekly to a police station while the agency arranges his removal from the UK.

The second raid took place at Central House, Ystradgynlais, where a 34-year-old Malaysian man was found in bed by officers when they conducted a search of accommodation attached to the takeaway.

The man, who had stayed in the country illegally after his UK Visa expired, was placed on immigration bail while arrangements are made to deport him.

In Cardiff, immigration officers went to Mowgli's on Crwys Road, where four employees from Bangladesh were found to have no legal right to work in the UK.

A 27-year-old man is in immigration detention pending deportation. Three men aged 24, 28 and 30 have been placed on immigration bail and must report weekly to a police station while the agency arranges their removal from the UK.

Finally, Wok U Like in Brynamman, was searched and four more offenders were found working illegally. Two Chinese men, aged 26 and 30, were arrested and remain in detention ahead of their removal from the UK.

Two Chinese men, aged 24 and 35, were placed on immigration bail.

All four businesses have been issued with a penalty notice for employing illegal workers and the employers cannot prove that the correct right-to-work checks - such as asking for a passport or work permit - were carried out on those found working; a fine of up to £10,000 per illegal employee will be imposed.


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