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Immigration raid at Preston restaurant

The Shampan restaurant, Pope Lane, Penwortham

The Shampan restaurant, Pope Lane, Penwortham

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences.

The Bangladeshi men, aged 32 and 34, were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences at Shampan, Pope Lane in Penwortham near Preston on Wednesday night.

Both men were being remained in detention on Thursday morning pending removal from the UK.

The business was issued with a notice of potential liability of up to £10,000 per illegal worker employed which would mean a maximum penalty of £20,000 for Shampan.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “Illegal working is not victimless. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities. Our enforcement visits are intelligence-led and timed to maximise their effectiveness.

“We would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”

Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can https://www.gov.uk/check-an-employees-right-to-work-documents or they can call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.

 

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