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Employers: Six illegal workers caught in Dorset raids

18 March 2013

Six illegal workers have been arrested in our raids in Bournemouth, Poole and Ferndown.

Acting on information received, our officers went to Cinnamon, Victoria Road, Ferndown on 14 March and questioned staff about their immigration status.

Checks revealed that 3 men from Bangladesh, aged 22, 35 and 38, had overstayed their visas, while a 33-year-old, also from Bangladesh, had entered the UK illegally.

The 4, who had been working as waiters and in the restaurant's kitchen, were arrested.

On the same evening, a raid was carried out at Gurkha 2, Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth.

There, a 35-year-old Nepalese man working in the kitchen was found to have overstayed his visa and was arrested.

Earlier in the week on the 12 March, our officers caught a 29-year-old man from Pakistan working illegally selling handbags from a stand in Poole's Dolphin Centre.

Checks revealed he was working in breach of the conditions of his student visa.

All 6 illegal workers were taken to Poole police station for further questioning after their arrest.

Four are being transferred to immigration detention to await removal from the UK. The men aged 33 and 35 from Cinnamon have been released to report weekly to a local police station while we make arrangements for their removal.

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.

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

'I would urge anyone with detailed information about suspected illegal working to get in touch. We are determined to stamp it out.'

The 3 businesses now face penalties of up to £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, we imposes issue fines on hundreds of companies which fail to carry out legally-required checks on their staff.

In 2012 more than 40,000 immigration offenders were removed or departed voluntarily from the UK.

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.