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Employers: Four men face removal after Dorset immgiration raids

05 May 2012

Following raids in Bournemouth and Christchurch, 4 men are in immigration detention awaiting removal from the country.

Acting on information received, officers went to Wonderful Kitchen, Charminster Road, Bournemouth, on Friday 27 April and checked the immigration status of the staff present.

There were 2 Chinese men - aged 19 and 38 who were found to have entered the UK illegally, while a 21-year-old Malaysian man had stayed in the country after his visa expired.

On the same evening, Masala Bay, Bridge Street, Christchurch... , was also raided. There, a 36-year-old Bangladeshi man was arrested for entering the UK illegally.

All 4 offenders were taken to Bournemouth police station for further questioning before being transferred to immigration detention to await removal.

Kenny Chapman, who heads the UK Border Agency's local immigration team for the South West, 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.'

Both of the businesses visited face fines of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker unless proof is provided that the correct pre-employment checks were made.

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 should complete our report immigration crime form.

For more information and contact details for the south west local immigration team.