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Employers: Five illegal workers arrested in Aberdeen

01 March 2013

Two shops in Aberdeen have been found employing five illegal workers following a UK Border Agency operation.

Acting on intelligence officers targeted two shops, Discount Stores and American Candy Co, on Union Street, Aberdeen, on 28 February.

After checking the immigration statuses of staff, officers discovered five Pakistani men, aged 23 to 28, who were working illegally. Two of the men were arrested in the American Candy Co and the other three in the Discount Store. It is believed that the men worked between both shops and live... d at shared accommodation in the Cornhill area of Aberdeen.

All five are currently in detention, pending their removal from the UK.

The businesses, which were closed as a result of all the staff being arrested, will be served with a civil penalty notice for employing the illegal workers.
If the owners are unable to provide evidence that legally required checks were carried out before giving the workers a job - such as asking for a passport or a Home Office document - a fine of up to £10,000 per illegal worker will be imposed.

Adam Scarcliffe, UK Border Agency said:

'Foreign nationals who are in this country illegally should be in no doubt that they will be found, arrested and removed from the UK.

'Employing illegal workers undercuts honest businesses and defrauds the public purse. There is no excuse for using illegal labour, and if businesses ignore our immigration laws, they face heavy fines.'

Every year, the UK Border Agency imposes civil penalties on hundreds of companies which have failed to carry out legally-required checks on their staff.

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit our Preventing illegal working pages, or they can call the agency's employers helpline on 0300 123 4699.

Anyone with information about immigration offenders can report crime on this website, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.