Il­le­gal work­ers caught in raid

Warn­ing to em­ploy­ers af­ter ar­rests

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A RAID on a busi­ness in Uxbridge net­ted 16 im­mi­gra­tion of­fend­ers.

Act­ing on in­tel­li­gence, of­fi­cers vis­ited Zenith Whole­sale Ltd, Packet Boat Lane, on Mon­day 25 July.

Staff were ques­tioned to es­tab­lish whether they had the right to live and work in the UK and 12 peo­ple were ar­rested.

Seven were found to have over­stayed their stu­dent visas, they in­cluded: three In­dian men aged be­tween 25 and 29, two In­dian women aged 32 and 37 and two Nepalese men aged 26 and 29.

Five were found to have over­stayed their visit visas, they in­cluded: four In­dian men aged be­tween 27 and 33 and a 40-yearold In­dian woman.

A fur­ther three In­dian men, aged be­tween 35 and 38, and a 28-year-old In­dian woman who all had no per­mis­sion to work, were not ar­rested due to out­stand­ing ap­pli­ca­tions un­der con­sid­er­a­tion by the Home Of­fice.

They were es­corted from the premises and must now re­port reg­u­larly to Im­mi­gra­tion En­force­ment while their cases are pro­gressed.

All those ar­rested were trans­ferred to im­mi­gra­tion de­ten­tion pend­ing re­moval from the UK.

The busi­ness was served a no­tice warn­ing that fi­nan­cial penal­ties of up to £20,000 per il­le­gal worker found will be im­posed un­less the em­ployer can demon­strate that ap­pro­pri­ate 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 £320,000.

As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor Chris Ed­wards, head of the west Lon­don Home Of­fice Im­mi­gra­tion En­force­ment team, said: “Il­le­gal work­ing is not vic­tim­less and can in­volve the ex­ploita­tion of some of so­ci­ety’s most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple. It also de­frauds the trea­sury of vi­tal funds, un­der­cuts busi­nesses that pro­vide an hon­est trade and cheats le­git­i­mate job seek­ers out of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We will con­tinue to ac­tively tar­get rogue em­ploy­ers who ex­ploit il­le­gal work­ers and I would urge the pub­lic to con­tinue to re­port all in­ci­dents of im­mi­gra­tion abuse.”

In­for­ma­tion to help em­ploy­ers carry out checks to pre­vent il­le­gal work­ing can be found at h t t p s : / / w w w. g o v . u k / gov­ern­ment/col­lec­tions/ em­ploy­ers-il­le­gal­work­ing-penal­ties. It in­cludes a new quick an­swer right-to- work tool to help em­ploy­ers check if some­one has the right to work in the UK.

Peo­ple with in­for­ma­tion about sus­pected im­mi­gra­tion abuse can con­tact https:// w w w. g o v . u k / r e p o r t - im­mi­gra­tion-crime or call Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111. HILLING­DON Coun­cil has been pre­sented with another eight Green Flags, bring­ing the bor­ough’s to­tal to 42 flags, its high­est ever and the most any­where in the UK.

Not only does the west Lon­don bor­ough have more Green Flags than any other lo­cal author­ity, but now the com­pe­ti­tion is open to in­ter­na­tional en­trants Hilling­don can say it of­fi­cially has more than any­where else in the world.

The Green Flag Awards were launched in Eng­land in 1996, to­day there are win­ners across the UK, Repub­lic of Ire­land, Ger­many, The Nether­lands, Fin­land, Aus­tralia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emi­rates.

Cllr Bianco, said: “The Green Flag awards are the high­est ac­co­lade for parks and green spa­ces and it’s a phe­nom­e­nal achieve­ment for the coun­cil to gain eight new flags in one year and have more than 40 in to­tal.

“We’d re­ally like to thank coun­cil of­fi­cers, and com­mu­nity and vol­un­teer groups for all of their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion in mak­ing this hap­pen.”

The coun­cil is es­pe­cially pleased that its Pol­ish War Memo­rial Gar­den has been awarded a Green Flag. The for­mer waste­land was trans­formed by the coun­cil in hon­our of the pol­ish lives lost at war. It opened last year and is now a quiet space, with wild flower beds, trees and benches.

The newly awarded parks are North­wood Re­cre­ation Ground, the Pol­ish War Memo­rial, Philpots Farm, Hogs Back, Pinn Meadow, Pinkwell Park, West Dray­ton Ceme­tery and Park Road Green.

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