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Employers: Kitchen workers detained in Weymouth immigration raid

11 March 2013

Two Bangladeshi illegal workers have been arrested in a UK Border Agency raid on a Weymouth restaurant.

Acting on information received, officers went to Balti House, Commercial Road, on Thursday 7 March and questioned staff about their immigration status.

Checks revealed that a 24-year-old kitchen worker was a failed asylum seeker who had not left the country after his claim for protection was turned down.

A second kitchen worker, aged 46, was found to have over-stayed his visa.

The men were arres... ted and taken to Weymouth police station for further questioning. They are due to be transferred to immigration detention to await removal from the UK.

Phil Reay UK Border Agency said:

'We are creating a hostile environment for illegal immigrants and offenders should know that there is no hiding place in Dorset.

'Illegal immigration puts undue pressure on public services, local communities and legitimate businesses.

'As well as the workers, we are looking to target businesses which employ illegal labour and who encourage illegal immigration in the process.'

Balti House now faces a penalty of up to £20,000 - £10,000 for each illegal worker. To avoid a fine, the employers must provide evidence that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out like taking copies of a Home Office document or passport.

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

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