Illegal immigrants arrested following raid on north Norfolk business
16:28 16 November 2012
Three men have been arrested during a UK Border Agency raid on a north Norfolk car wash.
Immigration officers acting on intelligence targeted Premier Car Wash UK on the A140 in Alby at 12.20pm yesterday.
Two men attempted to run from the officers as they arrived but were detained by further immigration officials stationed at the rear of the premises.
Checks revealed the two men were both Albanians who had entered the UK illegally. The 34-year-old and 28-year-old were arrested and have been taken into UK Border Agency detention pending their removal from the country.
A third foreign national was arrested on suspicion of entering the UK illegally. He remains in custody and will be interviewed today.
Premier Car Wash UK now faces a potential fine of £10,000 per illegal worker unless it can prove that appropriate pre-employment checks were carried out, such as such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.
UK Border Agency officer Liz Richardson said: “We have teams across the country carrying out raids like this on a daily basis. Offenders should know that there is no hiding place and that where we find people who are in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them.
“We are also looking to target the employers who take on illegal workers and who encourage illegal immigration in the process.
“We’re happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who choose to break the law should know that they will face heavy fines.”
The UK Border Agency imposes civil penalties on hundreds of companies every year which fail to carry out legally-required checks on their staff.
Anyone who has information on suspected immigration offenders can visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/contact/report-crime/.