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Employers: Three immigration offenders caught at Accrington businesses

08 April 2013

Three illegal workers have been caught following raids at addresses in Accrington on Thursday 4 April.

Acting on intelligence received Home Office immigration enforcement officers visited Premier Shop, Union Road. They checked the immigration status of the staff and found a 36-year-old man from Pakistan, who had not left the UK when his visa expired, working illegally.

A second visit by officers to Cinnamon Spice, Whalley Road, revealed 2 Bangladeshi men working illegally. Checks showed man, aged 31, had not left the UK when his ... visa expired, the other, aged 42, had entered the UK illegally.

All 3 men were arrested and remain in immigration detention while steps are taken by the Home Office to remove them from the UK.

Colin Berrington, from the Home Office immigration enforcement team in Lancashire, said:

'We are determined to stamp out abuse of the immigration system.

'We want the public to contact us if they have any information on businesses or people who are breaking immigration law.

'Employers who take on illegal workers are both fuelling illegal immigration and undercutting businesses which play by the rules.'

Both businesses have been handed penalty notices for employing illegal workers. To avoid fines of up to £10,000 per employee evidence must be provided that the correct pre-employment checks were made on the men - such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.

Every year, the UK Border Agency imposes civil penalties on hundreds of companies which fail to carry out proper right-to-work checks on 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.