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Illegal Worker Removed From UK After Dorset Raids

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8:29am 4th January 2013
(Updated 9:16am 4th January 2013)

An illegal worker has been removed from the UK and four more remain in detention following raids in Blandford.

A total of seven illegal workers from Bangladesh were found in raids on three restaurants in the town by the UK Border Agency.

Acting on information received, officers went to Simla, West Street, on 31 May to carry out immigration checks on the staff present.

Three men tried to flee from the premises but were caught.

Once checks were made, five men from Bangladesh were found to be working illegally.

Two men aged 21 and 25 had stayed in the UK illegally after their student visas expired, two men aged 28 and 38 were found to have entered the UK illegally and a 40-year-old was a failed asylum seeker who had failed to leave the UK after his claim for protection was turned down.

The 21-year-old was removed to his home country on 7 June, while the men aged 25, 28 and 38 remain in immigration detention pending their removal.

The 40-year-old was not detained but must report regularly to the UK Border Agency while arrangements are made for his removal.

On 23 May, two more restaurants in Blandford were raided - Bay Leaf on West Street and Spice India on East Street.

At Bay Leaf, a 33-year-old Bangladeshi man was arrested after checks revealed he had entered the UK illegally. He remains in immigration detention pending his removal.

At Spice India, a 30-year-old Bangladeshi man was arrested after he was found to have overstayed his visa. He was later released to report to the UK Border Agency while arrangements are made to remove him from the country.

Phil Reay, of the UK Border Agency, said:
"Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who are legally entitles to work and undercutting law-abiding businesses.

"As these raids make clear, we gather intelligence about people breaking immigration laws and take action to stop them.

"We want the public to get in touch with us if they have any information about suspected illegal workers or the businesses employing them.

"We are sending a simple, clear message to people who are in the country illegally - more raids are planned and you will be caught."

Spice India and Simla now face fines of up to £10,000 per illegal worker for employing them.

To avoid the penalty, the employer must prove that legally-required checks like taking copies of a passport or a Home Office document were made on the men before they were taken on.

Bay Leaf will not face a fine after it was able to show that checks were made in the illegal worker found there.

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