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Employers: Eight illegal workers found at Campbeltown restaurant

06 March 2013

Eight immigration offenders face removal from the country after they were arrested by UK Border Agency officers in an operation at a Campbeltown restaurant.

Acting on intelligence, officers from the agency, assisted by Strathclyde police, visited the Bangladesh Tandoori in Bolgam Street on Tuesday 5 March.

Checks on the immigration status of staff revealed eight men from Bangladesh who were working illegally. Seven men were taken into UK Border Agency detention while arrangements are made to remove them from the UK. One man must ... report regularly to the police while an outstanding immigration case is concluded.

The business will be served with a civil penalty notice for employing the illegal workers. If the employers are unable to provide evidence that legally required pre employment checks were carried out before giving the workers a job, a fine of up to £80,000 will be imposed.

Adam Scarcliffe, assistant director of the UK Border Agency in Scotland said:

'The message for anyone living and working in Scotland illegally is clear - we will track you down and remove you from the country.

'We're happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who break the law should know that they will 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.