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Illegal worker fled from police

PUBLISHED: 15:06 24 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:10 30 June 2010

An illegal immigrant attempted to run from a restaurant being raided by the UK Border Agency, but only got as far as the back door.

The 32-year-old Ukrainian man fled when officers from the Local Immigration Team Norfolk arrived at the Norfolk restaurant as part of a crackdown on illegal workers.

An illegal immigrant attempted to run from a restaurant being raided by the UK Border Agency, but only got as far as the back door.

The 32-year-old Ukrainian man fled when officers from the Local Immigration Team Norfolk arrived at the Norfolk restaurant as part of a crackdown on illegal workers.The illegal worker was at Istanbul Kebabs in London Road on Thursday (18 March) evening.

All the exits were covered at Istanbul Kebabs in London Road, Kings Lynn and the illegal entrant to the UK, who had no permission to work, was intercepted as he burst through the back door.

Immigration checks revealed that another member of staff was also working illegally. The 26-year-old Turkish man, who made no attempt to escape, had overstayed his visa.

Both men were taken into UK Border Agency detention and will be removed from the country as soon as possible.

Istanbul Kebabs now faces a potential fine of as much as £20,000, unless it can prove that the correct pre-employment checks were carried out.

A tough new civil penalty system was introduced in 2008 to provide a fast and effective way of tackling bosses who fail to carry out proper checks on workers from outside Europe. A fine of up to £10,000 per worker can be imposed for every illegal worker found at a business.

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 123 4699.

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed in Norfolk should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be assured.

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