Two businesses in Blackpool face financial penalties totalling a potential £40,000 for employing illegal workers, following operations by Home Office immigration enforcement over the weekend.
Acting on intelligence, officers visited Ruchi Indian Takeaway, Squires Gate Lane, on 22 March 2014 and questioned those present to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
A Bangladeshi man, aged 36, and a Bangladeshi woman, aged 39, were found working illegally and were arrested for overstaying their visas.
Sunday 23 March officers visited Kings Chef Chinese Takeaway, Hawes Side Lane, and arrested two Chinese men, aged 28 and 41. Both were found working and had entered the country illegally.
All those arrested were transferred to immigration detention pending removal from the UK.
The businesses will be served notices warning that a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per illegal worker found will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
Karen McDonough, Head of Lancashire Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said
“These arrests are a clear warning to those in Blackpool abusing our immigration laws. There will be no slowdown in our efforts to arrest, detain and remove you from the UK.
“Employers who use illegal labour are defrauding the taxpayer, undercutting genuine employers and denying legitimate job hunters work.
“We are happy to work with employers who want to play by the rules but those which continue to flout them will face heavy financial penalties.
“I would urge anyone with detailed and specific information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”
Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact https://www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.