Illegal workers caught in raid
Warning to employers after arrests
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.