Norwich shop faces £10,000 penalty after raid by immigration officers
16:11 02 May 2014
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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 www.gov.uk/check-an-employees-right-to-work-documents or they can call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.
Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
For more information and contact details for Home Office Immigration Enforcement teams visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/contact-details-for-immigration-compliance-and-enforcement-teams