Two men were arrested following a raid by Home Office immigration enforcement officers in Preston.
Acting on intelligence, officers visited the 3 Monkeys Sandwich Bar on Adelphi Street yesterday and questioned individuals to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
They arrested two Pakistani men on suspicion of immigration offences. One, aged 26, had allegedly overstayed his visa while the other, aged 29, had allegedly been working in breach of his visa conditions. Both men are currently in detention pending their removal from the UK.
Assistant director Karen McDonough, from the Home Office’s North West immigration enforcement team, said: “Illegal working has a negative impact on communities. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.
“We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who break the law should know they will face financial penalties.
“I would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”
The sandwich bar was served a notice warning that it faces a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per illegal worker employed – a potential total of £20,000.
The employer has to prove that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
No-one was available for comment at the sandwich bar.