Illegal workers found at two Northumberland businesses

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Four illegal immigrants have been found working at two Northumberland businesses.

Immigration officers carried out searches of the two premises last Friday following information given to them, with a number of staff being questioned.

At Gino’s Fish Bar, in Plessey Road, two Indian men – aged 30 and 47 – were found to be in the UK illegally.

The 47-year-old had entered the UK illegally and the 30-year-old had overstayed a family visit visa. Both were arrested and are now detained pending their removal from the country.

At Montane Warehouse, in Freeman Court, North Seaton Industrial Estate, Ashington, two Libyans – aged 17 and 18 – were found to have no permission to work in the UK.

Both were escorted from the premises and must now report regularly to the Home Office while their cases are progressed.

The two businesses were served notices warning they are liable for a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker found unless evidence is provided that they carried out legally required right to work checks.

Phillippa Russell, assistant director from the North East & Cumbria Immigration Enforcement team, said: “These successful operations reflect our ongoing work to identify people abusing the UK’s immigration system.

“All of our operations are intelligence led and I would encourage people with detailed and specific information about illegal immigration to contact us.

“Using illegal labour is not victimless. It defrauds the Treasury, undercuts honest businesses and cheats legitimate job seekers of employment opportunities. It also exploits some of society’s most vulnerable people.

“Employers who do not carry out the simple checks to ensure their staff have the right to work in the UK will face the consequences.”

Anyone with concerns about illegal working or non compliant employers should report this to the Home Office online at www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime