Four workers arrested in pizza takeaway raid

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A PIZZA takeaway faces a big fine after all four members of staff on duty were arrested for working illegally following a UK Border Agency raid.

Acting on intelligence, officers visited the Bletchley branch of Papa Johns lastThursday where they questioned staff to check they had the right to work in the UK.

The four Pakistani men working at the Chandos Place premises were arrested. Two were in the country illegally after overstaying their visas, while two were working in breach of their visa conditions.

All were aged in their 20s and have now been detained pending their removal from the UK.

The franchise owners now face a fine of up to £40,000 for employing the men unless they can prove to the UK Border Agency that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

Terry Gibbs, assistant director for the UK Border Agency in the Thames Valley, said: “Where we find people who are in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them.

“But we are also looking to take action against those who employ illegal workers.

“We’re happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be done on staff, but those who choose to break the law should know that we are out there looking for them and they will face heavy fines.”

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 www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/advice-for-employers or they can call the UK Border Agency’s Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.