Illegal workers arrested in Yarmouth during Border Agency clampdown

Illegal workers have been arrested in Great Yarmouth and Hemsby following raids by the UK Border Agency.

Officers swooped on the China Inn, Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth, and caught a Chinese man working in the kitchen who was a failed asylum seeker.

Meanwhile, two illegal workers - both Chinese men -were caught at the Hong Kong Takeaway, Kingsway, Hemsby. where one illegal worker was preparing food in the kitchen while another man was found hiding behind a door in accommodation upstairs.

All three men were arrested and detained during raids on September 8 while the UK Border Agency takes action to remove them from the country.

Both businesses were issued with on-the-spot penalty notices for employing illegal workers and may now face fines of up to �10,000 per illegal worker.

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To avoid a heavy fine, the businesses must prove to the UK Border Agency that they carried out the correct pre-employment checks on their staff.

Kieran Bower, UK Border Agency Norfolk local immigration team, said: 'Businesses that exploit illegal workers face severe financial penalties and potential prosecution.

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'We are happy to help businesses carry out the correct pre-employment checks. But those intent on breaking the law should expect an enforcement visit from the UK Border Agency.'

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business in Norfolk should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit where anonymity can be assured.

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