More raids planned in coming weeks
11 November 2010: UK Border Agency to intensify operation to tackle immigration crime in Central London. The assertion came after four immigrants were arrested for illegally working at a toy store.
The Assistant Director, UK Border Agency Tony Moore said the raid in the toy store was the latest operation they have carried out to tackle immigration crime in Central London. He added that more raids were planned in the coming weeks and months. Under the operation they would find people settled illegally in UK and would further seek to remove them.
Moore asserted that illegal working had a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who were genuinely allowed to work. He elaborated that it was the legal responsibility of all employers to check that employees had the right to work in the UK. The businesses operating outside the law were also warned of action.
On Wednesday four people had been arrested following a raid by the UKBA officers, targeting contract cleaners working illegally at Hamleys toy store on Regent Street in Central London.
Acting on intelligence, officers executed a warrant at the store in morning to examine staff records and check cleaning staff had the right to work in the UK.
The four arrested included a Nigerian and two Brazilian men, besides a Ghanaian woman. They were all cleaners believed to be working for a contractor, Crystal Cleaning Services, at the store.
They were all arrested for immigration offences, and the UKBA will now take action to remove them from the UK.
Their employer could now face a fine of up to £10,000 per illegal worker, unless it can prove that it carried out the correct right-to-work checks on their staff.
Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit the preventing illegal working section of this website or they can call the UK Border Agency’s employers helpline on 0300 123 4699.
Every year, the UK Border Agency imposes civil penalties on thousands of companies which fail to carry out the necessary right-to-work checks on their staff.