Illegal worker arrested in Somersham raid

AN illegal worker has been caught by the UK Border Agency at a business in Somersham.

AN illegal worker has been caught by the UK Border Agency at a business in Somersham.

Officers from the local immigration team for Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire (East) raided the Somersham Kebab House, High Street, at approximately 6pm on Monday (July 18).

Checks revealed that one of the kitchen workers, a 19-year-old Pakistani man, had no permission to be in the UK as he had overstayed his visa.

He has been taken into UK Border Agency detention and steps are being taken to remove him from the country.

The business now faces a potential fine of up to �10,000 unless it can prove that the correct pre-employment checks were carried out.

Immigration Officer Heidi Young said: “We are working hard to find and remove those who have no right to live or work in the UK.

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“The message we are sending to people flouting the law is clear - more raids are planned and you will be caught.

“By law, employers must check that their staff have the right to work in the UK and we are happy to provide help for people who want to play by the rules.

“Our enforcement visits are intelligence led and we appeal to the public to let us know when they have information about suspected immigration offenders.”

INFORMATION: Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/employers. Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business in Cambridgeshire can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit www. crimestoppers-uk.org.