THREE suspected illegal workers were arrested after a raid on an Indian take-away.
Acting on intelligence, Home Office officials visited Dijab Spice Indian Takeaway, Station Road, Bamber Bridge and questioned staff to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
A 37-year-old Pakistani man and two Bangladeshi men, aged 25 and 33 were arrested for immigration offences.
Two of the men are still in detention, while the 33-year-old Bangladeshi man has been placed on immigration bail.
They all face being deported from the country if found to have no leave to remain in the UK.
The business will be served with a notice and now faces a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per illegal worker unless owners can prove that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out. This is a potential total of up to £30,000.
Karen McDonough, assistant director, from the Lancashire Immigration Enforcement Team, said:
“The message to businesses in Preston that deliberately employ people with no right to work or fail to carry out the legally required checks is clear. We will catch you, and you will pay a heavy penalty.”
She added: “Illegal working is not victimless.
“It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.
“I would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”