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Employers: Three arrested following raid in Whitechapel

05 March 2013

Three illegal workers have been arrested following a UK Border Agency raid on a clothes shop in Whitechapel.

Acting on intelligence, officers visited Cuckoo Fashions, Whitechapel Road, on Tuesday 5 March where they questioned staff to check if they had the right to work in the UK.

They arrested a 23-year-old Indian man and Bangladeshi women aged 21 and 26 for overstaying their visas.

All are currently in immigration detention while the UK Border Agency takes steps to remove them from the country at the earliest opportunit... y.

The business was served a notice warning the employers that a fine of up to £30,000 - £10,000 per illegal worker found on the shop premises - will be imposed unless proof is provided to the UK Border Agency that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

Steve Fisher from the UK Border Agency said:

'We regularly carry out operations like this in London and where we find people who are in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them.

'Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, undermining legitimate businesses and taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work.

'More visits like this are being planned for London and while we're happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be done on staff, those who do break the law should know that we are out there looking for them and they will face heavy fines.'

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