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Crackdown starts on illegal immigrants

PUBLISHED: 17:38 22 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:10 30 June 2010

POLICE have launched a crackdown on Norfolk employers using illegal immigrants and a Harleston business is facing a potential fine of up to £10,000 after it was caught employing an illegal immigrant.

POLICE have launched a crackdown on Norfolk employers using illegal immigrants and a Harleston business is facing a potential fine of up to £10,000 after it was caught employing an illegal immigrant.

UK Border Agency officers found a 29-year-old man working without permission when they visited the Taste of Raj in Broad Street. Checks revealed the Bangladeshi had overstayed his visa.

The man was detained and work is under way to remove him from the UK as soon as possible.

The business is potentially liable for a civil penalty of up to £10,000 unless it can prove the correct pre-employment checks were carried out.

Insp Colin Daulby, from the Local Immigration Team Norfolk, said: “I hope this raid sends out a strong message that we are determined to make Norfolk a less attractive place for illegal immigrants.

“Illegal working is not a victimless crime. It has a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work and affecting law-abiding businesses.

“More operations like this are planned, and employers who do break the law should know that we are out there looking for them and they will face action.”

Guidance for employers on preventing illegal working can be found on the UK Border Agency website, www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/employingmigrants or by calling the UK Border Agency Employers Helpline on 0300 1234699.

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed in Norfolk should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where anonymity can be assured.

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