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Employers: Two arrested in Rhyl immigration raids

19 April 2013

Two men have been arrested after Home Office immigration enforcement officers carried out raids in Rhyl.

Acting on information received, officers simultaneously raided 2 businesses - The Godfather and Chilli Pinks - on Queen Street on Thursday (18 April) and carried out immigration checks on staff.

At The Godfather takeaway a 33-year-old Pakistani man was found working illegally having stayed in the UK illegally after his visa had expired.

In Chilli Pinks Indian restaurant a 35-year-old Bangladeshi man, was also found to ... have over-stayed his visa.

Both men were arrested and are currently being held at St Asaph police station pending transfer to immigration detention to await removal from the UK.

Richard Johnson Home Office immigration enforcement said:

'Where we find people living and working illegally in the UK we will seek to remove them.

'We would urge anyone with information about suspected immigration offenders to get in touch so we can take action.'

The Godfather takeaway and Chilli Pinks Indian restaurant were each served with a penalty notice and will now have to provide proof to the Home Office that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out or face a fine of up to £10,000 per illegal worker.

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.