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Employers: Six face removal from the UK after Gwynedd raids

22 May 2012

Six illegal workers are in detention awaiting removal from the UK after they were caught in our raids in Gwynedd.

Acting on information received, our officers went to Spice Bank, High Street, Criccieth on the night of 18 May.

Two members of staff attempted to hide from officers behind a cooker and a door, but were caught.

After checks were made, 4 men from Bangladesh were found to be illegal workers.

Two men aged 21 and 27 were working in breach of the conditions of their student visas, a 32-year-old had over-stayed... his visa and a 43-year-old had stayed in the country illegally after his asylum claim was refused.

The 4 were taken to St Asaph police station for questioning and have since been transferred to immigration detention to await removal from the UK.

On the same evening, Passage to India, Lombard Street, Porthmadog, was raided.

Two Bangladeshi men, aged 24 and 26, were found to be working in breach of the conditions of their student visas.

They were also taken to St Asaph police station before being transferred to immigration detention to await removal.

A 3rd Bangladeshi man - aged 32 - was arrested at the restaurant but was later released. No further action will be taken against him.

Our officers also visited Nana's Café, Market Street, Pwllheli, but no arrests were made.

Richard Johnson, immigration inspector, UK Border Agency said:

'We are carrying out frequent operations across North Wales and where we find people who are here illegally we will seek to remove them.

'We are also targeting employers who take on illegal workers - fuelling illegal immigration and undercutting law-abiding businesses.

'Companies who fail to carry out the legally-required checks on staff should know that we are out there looking for them and they will face heavy fines.'

Both of the businesses found with illegal staff face fines of up to £10,000 for each worker unless they can provide evidence the correct right-to-work checks were made before employing them.

Every year, we impose civil penalties on hundreds of companies which fail to carry out legally-required checks on their staff.

We provides 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.