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Pakistani illegal workers caught at Grantham takeaway

A Grantham takeaway has been served with notice of a potential fine of up to £20,000 after the UK Border Agency officers caught two illegal workers there.

Two Pakistani men, aged 22 and 30 were arrested after the UK Border Agency officers paid an unexpected visit to Chicken Palace, London Road on 1st March 2012.

The two were arrested for working in breach of their visa conditions. Both men had leave to remain in the UK as students where they were permitted to work no more than a set number of hours per week.

Officers checked with the colleges in London and Nottingham where the men were supposed to be studying. In one case they found that the man had been suspended from the course for poor attendance while, in the other case, the man had received a warning from his college for poor attendance.

Attendance sheets inspected by officers at the takeaway, along with CCTV footage and a statement from a member of the public, showed that both men were working more than 60 hours every week.

The illegal workers were detained while action is taken to remove them from the country.

The business risks a fine of up to £20,000 which it will be liable for unless it can prove that it took sufficient steps to confirm the right to work of the illegal workers, such as checking passports.

“We are cracking down on illegal working which undercuts legitimate businesses and employees,” Paul Tranter, immigration officer from the UK Border Agency's Boston based team, said. “We will take the strongest possible action against any business that is breaking the law by employing illegal workers, including a fine of up to £10,000 per illegal employee.”

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