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Two 'illegal workers' arrested from High Wycombe takeaway
TWO alleged illegal workers have been arrested following a raid by Home Office immigration officers on a High Wycombe takeaway.
Officers swooped on Salam’s in Arnison Avenue on September 25 and arrested two men from Pakistan, the Home Office said.
One of the men, aged 29, was working in breach of his visa conditions and the other, aged 59, had overstayed his visa, officers added.
The men were both transferred to an immigration detention centre pending removal from the country.
Paul Smith, from the Thames Valley and Surrey Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said: “Illegal working undercuts honest employers, defrauds the public purse and cheats legitimate job hunters out of employment opportunities.
“We’re happy to work with employers to explain the simple checks that need to be carried out to establish a person’s right to work in the UK.
“The message to those who choose to ignore the rules is clear. We will find you and you will face a heavy financial penalty.”
Salam’s will face a penalty of up to £10,000 for each of the men unless it can prove the correct right-to-work checks were carried out on the duo.
Owner Waseem Salam said: “Both of them were legally staffed, they had paperwork and we’ve not been made aware of the reason for the arrests.”
The Home Office has urged employers to follow the correct steps to avoid taking on potential illegal immigrants.
Click here to be taken to the Home Office advice page.
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