Town shop could face £20,000 fine for possible illegal workers

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Two people have been arrested following a UK Border Agency raid on a shop in Bletchley.

Acting on intelligence, officers visited the Sai Supermarket on Queensway, just before 5pm on Tuesday, where they questioned staff to check if they had the right to work in the UK.

Two employees were arrested, a 26-year-old Indian man and a 31-year-old Pakistani man. Both were in the country illegally having over-stayed their visas.

The Indian male was detained pending his removal from the country, while the Pakistani was granted immigration bail while the UK Border Agency seeks to remove him.

The supermarket was handed a notice warning that the owners could face a fine of up to £20,000 - £10,000 for each illegal worker - unless proof is provided to the UK Border Agency that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

Assistant director Paul Smith, from the UK Border Agency, said: “It is employers who take on illegal workers who fuel illegal immigration to the UK, and that is why our officers are out almost every day around the Thames Valley area carrying out these kinds of operations.

“Businesses who fail to carry out the legally-required checks on staff 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.

For more information and contact details for the Buckinghamshire Local Immigration Team visit: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/your-region/london-se/local-immigration-teams/

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.