TWO takeaway workers are facing deportation after border police raided a Burnley shop.
The Pakistani men, aged 25 and 44, were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences following the UK Border Agency’s visit to the Chicken Cottage in Rosegrove Lane.
The offences they were arrested for included overstaying their visas and working in breach of their visa conditions. Both men were working illegally and are currently being detained pending their removal from the UK.
Their employer will be fined up to £10,000 per worker unless evidence is provided to the agency that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
Alison Wray, head of enforcement for the UK Border Agency in the North-West, said: “We will continue our hard work to track down those who have no permission to remain in the UK. As this operation shows, those found to be here illegally will be caught and will face removal from the UK.
“The UK Border Agency is also targeting unscrupulous employers who hire illegal workers, undercutting wages and potentially exploiting vulnerable workers.”
Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/advice-for-employers or ring the UK Border Agency helpline on 0300 123 4699.
Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business should contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.