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Employers: Rickmansworth immigration offenders removed from UK

19 April 2013

Two immigration offenders arrested at a Rickmansworth business have been removed from the UK.

Acting on intelligence, officers from Home Office immigration enforcement visited Buon Cibo in Station Road on 12 April.

Checks revealed that 2 members of staff - a woman, 25, and a man, 26, both from Brazil - had no permission to be in the UK. The woman had entered the UK illegally and the man had overstayed his visa.

Both were taken into immigration detention ahead of their removal from the UK on Wednesday (17 April).

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It is the second time in 3 months that immigration offenders have been arrested at Buon Cibo. On 31 January, 2 Brazilian men who had overstayed their visas were detained by immigration officers. They have both since been returned to their home country.

The Home Office is currently considering whether the Buon Cibo will face penalties of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker caught in the two raids.

To avoid being fined, businesses must show that appropriate pre-employment checks were carried out on workers, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.

Tom Leach, Home Office immigration enforcement, said:

'Teams across the country carry out raids like this on a daily basis. There is no hiding place for offenders and we will seek to remove anyone who we find to be in the UK illegally.

'I urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.'

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/preventing-illegal-working/ or they can call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.

Anyone with information about immigration crime can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.