Three illegal immigrants have been arrested by the UK Border Agency after raids on businesses in Rothwell and Corby.
Acting on intelligence, officers from the local immigration team for Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire (East) first visited the Taste of India in Bridge Street, Rothwell, shortly before 6pm, yesterday (December 13).
Checks revealed that one member of the kitchen staff was a 25-year-old visa overstayer from Pakistan, who was arrested.
Officers then visited Mias Fast Food in George Street, Corby, arriving just after 8.30pm. Checks revealed that two members of the kitchen staff were immigration offenders from Bangladesh.
A 37-year-old man was found to have entered the UK illegally and a 22-year-old man had overstayed his visa.
All three men were taken into UK Border Agency detention pending their removal from the country.
Both the Taste of India and Mias Fast Food now face potential fines for employing the illegal workers. If the businesses cannot demonstrate that appropriate pre-employment checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document, they will be fined up to £10,000 for each of the rogue employees.
UK Border Agency officer Andy Morfill said: “Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who are legally entitled to work and undercutting law-abiding businesses.
“As these successful enforcement operations make clear, we gather intelligence about people breaking immigration laws and take action to stop them.
“We want the public to get in touch with us if they have any information about suspected illegal workers or the businesses employing them.
“We are sending a simple, clear message to people who are in the country illegally – more operations are planned and you will be caught.”
Every year, the UK Border Agency imposes civil penalties on hundreds of companies which fail to carry out legally-required checks on their staff.
The agency provides support to employers so they can understand the rules including visits by staff, a dedicated telephone helpline and website.
Anyone who has information on suspected immigration offenders can visit http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/contact/report-crime/.