Carry 70 operations every month
5th December 2010: The UK Border Agency is on an average carrying out as many as 70 enforcement operations in a month across Yorkshire and the North East to tackle illegal working in the region.
The assertion came soon after two immigration offenders were caught working illegally at Wasabisabi in Sheffield last week following a Yorkshire-wide crackdown on rogue employers.
The Border Agency said it found two Chinese males, aged 24 and 42, working there illegally. Both were arrested, one on suspicion of entering the UK illegally and the other for absconding.
Steve Lamb, regional operations director of the UK Border Agency in North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, said: `The enforcement operation is one of an average of 70 that take place across Yorkshire and the North East in a month to tackle illegal working in the region.’
He added: ‘These raids are part of an ongoing clampdown on illegal working to reduce the attractiveness of the UK to illegal immigrants. There are strict rules about which foreign nationals can get a job in the UK and businesses have a clear responsibility to carry out the right checks.
‘Anyone who takes on a foreign national without permission to work in the UK is breaking the law, undermining law-abiding businesses and faces a big fine. Last year alone, we’ve issued fines worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to dozens of businesses across Yorkshire.’