UK immigration arrest four people after Hamleys store raid

- Posted in United Kingdom by Visa Bureauon 11 November 2010

UK Border Agency officers executed a warrant at the store at around 07:30 yesterday to examine staff records and check contract cleaning staff had a UK Visa or the right to work in the UK.

The four people arrested, two Brazilian males, a Nigerian man and a Ghanaian woman, were all cleaners believed to be working for a contractor, Crystal Cleaning Services, at the store.

They were all arrested for UK immigration offences, action will be taken to remove them from the UK.

Their employer could now face a fine of up to £10,000 per illegal worker, unless it can prove that it carried out the correct right-to-work checks on their staff.

Tony Moore, assistant director, UK Border Agency said: “This is the latest operation we've carried out to tackle immigration crime in central London, and more are planned in the coming weeks and months. Where we find people who are in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them.

“Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work.

“It is the legal responsibility of all employers to check that employees have the right to work in the UK. 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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