Taken away: immigrants in detention after pizza raid

General view - Pizza Delicious, 37, Clifton Road, Rugby.
General view - Pizza Delicious, 37, Clifton Road, Rugby.

A RUGBY takeaway is facing a £30,000 fine after three illegal workers were arrested during a UK Border Agency raid last Wednesday.

Acting on intelligence, officers visited Pizza Delicious in Clifton Road at 4.10pm, questioning six staff and checking their immigration status.

Three workers were arrested and taken to Rugby Police Station for further questioning after checks revealed they were not entitled to work in the UK.

Two of those arrested were Indian men, aged 30 and 31, who were illegal entrants to the UK. The third illegal worker was a Pakistani man, aged 38, who was a failed asylum seeker.

All three illegal workers are currently in detention while action is taken to deport them from the UK.

The business was issued with an on-the-spot penalty notice for employing illegal workers and may now face a fine of up to £10,000 per illegal worker.

To avoid this, the business must prove to the UK Border Agency that it carried out the correct right-to-work checks on its staff.

Sayed Shah, owner of Pizza Delicious, said: “This is something that will not happen again in the future.”

Immigration Minister Damian Green said: “The UK Border Agency has undertaken a major enforcement campaign to crack down on immigration crime across Warwickshire, detaining, prosecuting and removing people and gangs who have been abusing the system through sham marriages, illegal working, people smuggling and document fraud.

“We are making more use of new technology both at the border and inland to enable officers to focus their efforts on people trying to cheat the system.

“Our proposals to tackle abuse by foreign nationals using student visas to gain work in the UK alongside new plans to toughen up marriage and family routes will, together with the changes already put in place this year, ensure that we bring net migration down to the tens of thousands.”

Alison Spowage, UK Border Agency Warwickshire assistant director, added: “We are happy to work with employers to help them stay within the rules. But any business that takes on a foreign national without permission to work should be aware that it is breaking the law as well as undermining law-abiding employers.

“Rogue bosses should be warned that they face heavy fines and could end up in jail.”

 Since 1 April 2010 over 780 illegal immigrants have been removed from Warwickshire, West Mercia and the West Midlands.

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/advice-for-employers or they can call the UK Border Agency Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime.