Border force targeting illegal workers every week in South West; more raids planned

You will be caught! If you are an illegal worker or an immigration offenders, trouble is brewing for you in South West.


The UK Border Agency is, in fact, in the South West every week targeting illegal workers and other immigration offenders. More raids are planned and you will be caught.

The assertions came soon after the border force arrested 24 illegal workers during a series of raids at businesses across Devon.

Kenny Chapman, who heads the UK Border Agency's local immigration team for the South West, said: 'These successful operations are proof that we are cracking down on illegal working in Devon.

'As these arrests show, we are out in the South West every week targeting illegal workers and other immigration offenders.

'We are sending a simple, clear message to people flouting the law – more raids are planned and you will be caught.

'By law, employers must check that their staff have the right to work in the UK and we are happy to provide help for people who want to play by the rules.'

The UKBA said starting on Wednesday 9 November, immigration officers went to Spice Bazaar, Fore Street, Bovey Tracey, where two Bangladeshi men were caught working illegally.

At Naz Indian Cuisine, Somerset Place, Teignmouth, five members of staff were found to be illegal workers after immigration checks were carried out.

The officers then went to Rickshaw Boy, Roundham Road, Paignton, where a Chinese man was caught working illegally before heading to Simla Spice in Torwood Street, Torquay, where two men from Mauritius and Bangladesh were employed illegally.

The following day on 10 November, the officers went to Moghul Brasserie, Vicarage Street, Barnstaple, where a Bangladeshi man was arrested for illegal working.

At American Nails, Boutport Street, also in Barnstaple, two Vietnamese men were found to be working illegally.

In Ilfracombe, a Malaysian man and a Chinese man were arrested for illegal working at Emperor's Court, High Street.

Five men from Bangladesh were then arrested at Rajpoot, Bridge House, Okehampton.

On Friday, 11 November, two Chinese men and a Chinese woman were arrested at the New Rodney, New Road, Saltash. A Turkish man was also arrested at Food4U, Mutley Plain, in Plymouth.

One of the Vietnamese men from American Nails in Barnstaple and a Bangladeshi man from Rajpoot in Okehampton have been released on immigration bail and must report weekly to a local police station while work is carried out to deport them.

The other 22 people arrested remain in immigration detention pending their removal from the UK.

Those arrested had committed immigration offences including entering the UK illegally, overstaying visas and working in breach of student visa conditions.

`All of the businesses visited now face penalties of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker. To avoid a fine, the employers must provide evidence that the correct right-to-work checks were made on the men, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document’, it added

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