Norwich shop faces £10,000 penalty after raid by immigration officers

PUBLISHED: 16:11 02 May 2014 | UPDATED: 16:11 02 May 2014

Stop-n-Go shop in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

Stop-n-Go shop in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

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An illegal worker has been caught by Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers following an operation at an off-licence in Norwich.

Immigration officers visited Stop N Go in Catton Grove Road on the morning of April 24.

Checks revealed that a member of staff was a 25-year-old immigration offender from Sri Lanka, having overstayed his visa.

He has been detained while his case is progressed.

The business now faces a potential penalty of up to £10,000 unless the owner can demonstrate that appropriate pre-employment checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.

A Home Office spokesman said: “I would urge anyone with detailed and specific information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”

A member of staff at Stop N Go said the shop manager was in London and was not available for comment.

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit or they can call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.

Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For more information and contact details for Home Office Immigration Enforcement teams visit

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