Two businesses are facing fines after illegal workers were caught working at their premises.
Officers from Home Office immigration enforcement visited the New Orient Express in Gordon Terrace, Stakeford, last Wednesday and questioned staff to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
Three Chinese women aged between 31 and 50, and two men aged between 43 and 47, were arrested for breaching immigration rules.
All five were found working illegally and had either overstayed their visas or entered the country illegally.
Two of the women were transferred to immigration detention pending removal from the UK while the remaining three have been placed on immigration bail and will face removal if found to have no right to remain in the UK.
Officers also visited Lin Jun Chinese Takeaway in Elliot Street, Blyth, and arrested a 40-year-old Chinese man who was working illegally.
Both businesses face fines up to £10,000 per illegal worker unless they can prove that correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
Assistant director Philippa Russell, from the Home Office’s north east immigration enforcement team, said: “We are working hard to track down people breaking the UK’s immigration laws and carry out regular operations in Stakeford and Blyth.
“Illegal working is not a victimless crime. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.”