TWO people were arrested following a UK Border Agency immigration raid on a takeaway in Bletchley last week.
Officers visited Tasty Fried Chicken on Queensway at around 2.30pm on Tuesday, December 11, where they carried out checks on staff to see if they had the right to work in the UK.
They arrested two men, a 31-year-old Pakistani national who had previously had his student visa cancelled for failing to attend college, and a 24-year-old Bangladeshi who had overstayed his visa.
Both were detained pending their removal from the UK.
Tasty Fried Chicken could now be fined up to £20,000 – £10,000 per illegal worker – unless it can prove to the UK Border Agency that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out on the men.
Assistant Director Paul Smith, from the UK Border Agency, said: “Our enforcement teams are out almost every day carrying out operations like this and where we find someone who is in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them.
“But we are also targeting employers who take on illegal workers. They are both fuelling illegal immigration and damaging the majority of legitimate businesses who play by the rules.
“This is why we have the power to hit those who break the law with 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 call the UK Border Agency’s Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.
For more information and contact details for Local Immigration Teams in the South East visit the Border Agency’s regional web pages.
Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.