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Malaysian illegals caught at Acle takeaway

PUBLISHED: 11:06 04 April 2011

Three Malaysian illegal immigrants have been caught working at an Acle takeaway by the UK Border Agency.

Two of the offenders – a 41-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman – were removed from the UK on Wednesday. The third – a 37-year-old man –remains in detention while his case is dealt with.

They were arrested on March 18 when immigration officers raided the Full River Chinese takeaway in The Street.

Immigration checks revealed the three – who were working in the kitchen – had overstayed their permission to be in the UK.

Immigration officer Kieran Bower said: “In illegal working cases like this it is often not only the immigration offenders who face serious consequences. Businesses that knowingly employ people with no right to work or who fail to carry out pre-employment checks are also in trouble.

“Fines of up to £10,000 per illegal worker can be imposed.”

In order to avoid a fine the takeaway must now prove that the correct right-to-work checks were made.

Employers unsure of steps to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/employers or call the UK Border Agency’s employers’ helpline on 0300 123 4699.

Anyone who suspects illegal workers are being employed can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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