Illegal employees found at takeaway
TWO illegal workers from China have been arrested following a Home Office operation in Bodmin.
Acting on intelligence, immigration enforcement officers raided the Peking Palace takeaway in Turf Street and individuals were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
They arrested two men, aged 27 and 50, who were both found to be failed asylum seekers.
Both were transferred to an immigration detention centre pending their removal from the UK.
The business was served a notice 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.
Kenny Chapman, head of the South West Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said: "Illegal working is not a victimless crime. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.
"We're sending a message to employers in Cornwall who choose to use illegal labour – we will find you and you will pay a heavy penalty.
"We will not allow the growth of a shadow economy for illegal migrants,'' he said.
"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 that they will face financial penalties."
Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/preventing-illegal-working/ or they can call the employers' helpline on 0300 1234699.
For more information and contact details for Home Office Immigration Enforcement teams in London and South visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/your-region/lse-ice/
Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 anonymously or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org