Restau­rant raid nets 15 il­le­gal work­ers

Staff found in breach of visit visas

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Clemen­tine

FIF­TEEN il­le­gal im­mi­grants were caught work­ing at a West Dray­ton restau­rant by the Home Of­fice.

Il­le­gal work­ers from China and In­done­sia were ar­rested at Lon­don Hong Kong in Bath Road, dur­ing an op­er­a­tion by Home Of­fice Im­mi­gra­tion En­force­ment.

Of­fi­cers vis­ited West Dray­ton at about 1pm on Satur­day Novem­ber 7 and ques­tioned staff on whether they had the right to live and work in the UK. The 15 peo­ple who were work­ing at the busi­ness il­le­gally in­cluded seven peo­ple from In­done­sia, two women aged 39 and 61 who had over­stayed their visit visas, and five men aged 27, 37, 36, 45 and 46. The first two were work­ing in breach of their visit visa con­di­tions and the fi­nal three had over­stayed their visit visas.

All of th­ese in­di­vid­u­als sub­se­quently chose to leave the UK vol­un­tar­ily the evening of their ar­rest.

A fur­ther six were ar­rested and de­tained while steps are taken to re­move them from the UK.

Th­ese in­cluded three Chi­nese women aged 24, 30 and 49, the first was work­ing in breach of her stu­dent visa con­di­tions and the oth­ers had en­tered the UK il­le­gally.

There were also two Chi­nese men aged 25 and 48, the first had over­stayed his stu­dent visa, and the sec­ond had en­tered the UK il­le­gally, and an In­done­sian man aged 26 who was work­ing in breach of his visit visa con­di­tions. Fi­nally, a 40-year-old Chi­nese man who had en­tered the UK il­le­gally was or­dered to re­port reg­u­larly to the Home Of­fice, and a Chi­nese fe­male un­der the age of 18, who had also en­tered the UK il­le­gally, was re­leased into the care of an ap­pro­pri­ate adult. Their cases will be pro­gressed.

Sarah Bur­ton, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor at West Lon­don Home Of­fice Im­mi­gra­tion En­force­ment said: “Our Im­mi­gra­tion En­force­ment teams reg­u­larly carry out oper­a­tions such as this to make sure the rules around il­le­gal work­ing are en­forced.

“Busi­nesses must carry out sim­ple checks on their employees or face the prospect of a fi­nan­cial penalty.”

Lon­don Hong Kong restau­rant was served a no­tice warn­ing that a civil penalty of up to £20,000 per il­le­gal worker found, will be im­posed un­less the em­ployer can demon­strate that the cor­rect right to work doc­u­ment checks were car­ried out, such as see­ing a pass­port or Home Of­fice doc­u­ment.

If proof is not pro­vided, this is a po­ten­tial to­tal of up to £300,000. Ms Bur­ton added: “We rely on in­for­ma­tion from mem­bers of the pub­lic and I would urge any­one with spe­cific and de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about sus­pected im­mi­gra­tion abuse to get in touch.”

Land­lords in Eng­land will be obliged to check that any new ten­ant has the ‘ Right to Rent’ and see ev­i­dence of cit­i­zen­ship from Fe­bru­ary 1 next year or face a £3,000 fine per ten­ant un­der new rules.

n OP­ER­A­TION: 15 il­le­gal work­ers were found by the Home Of­fice at Lon­don Hong Kong restau­rant in West Dray­ton

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