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Employers: South Wales immigration raids - seven men detained

05 May 2012

Following raids across South Wales, 7 men remain in immigration detention awaiting removal from the UK after 9 illegal workers were caught.

Acting on information received, officers went to Mint Leaf, Tregwilym Road, Rogerstone, Newport, on Saturday 28 April and checked the immigration status of the staff present.

The agency found 3 Bangladeshi men have no legal right to be working in the UK, so 2 men remain in immigration detention pending removal. A third man must report weekly to a local police station while an outstanding immigr... ation application is considered. If it is turned down he will also face removal.

Earlier on the same day, officers went to Welsh Breakers, Bridgend Road, Aberkenfig, where an Indian man was found working in breach of the conditions of his visa. He was arrested and remains in detention pending his removal.

Pendine Stores, Grand Avenue, Ely, Cardiff, was also visited and a Pakistani man was arrested after checks revealed he had stayed in the country after his visa expired. He is also in immigration detention.

Another 2 offenders were found at Zero Plus Fish Bar, Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff. A Pakistani man working in breach of his student visa is in detention awaiting removal, while a second Pakistani man was bailed to report to a local police station while an outstanding immigration application is considered.

On Thursday 26 April, Flaming Dragon, Mary Anne Street, Cardiff, was raided and 2 Nepalese men were arrested. The pair were working in breach of their student visas and are in detention awaiting removal from the country.

UK Border Agency immigration inspector Richard Johnson said:

'Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work and undercutting law-abiding businesses.

'We are cracking down on businesses which employ illegal staff as well as well as arresting and removing anyone who has no right to be in the UK.'

Any of the businesses visited which are unable to prove that the correct pre-employment checks were made on their staff will face fines of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker.

Every year, the agency imposes civil penalties on hundreds of companies which fail to carry out legally-required checks on their staff. We provide support to employers so they can understand the rules, including visits by staff, a dedicated telephone helpline and website.

Anyone who has information on suspected immigration offenders can report immigration cirme online.

More information and contact details can be found on the Wales local immigration team page.