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Takeaway faces fine for employing illegal workers.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

A TAKEAWAY in Newry is facing a potential penalty of up to 80,000 after four immigration offenders from China were found working at its premises.

In an intelligence led operation, Immigration Enforcement officers visited Lee Garden, Merchants Quay, on Saturday 18 November.

The business was served a referral notice in relation to the illegal workers.

The notice warns that a financial penalty of up to 20,000 per illegal worker arrested will be imposed unless the employer can demonstrate that appropriate right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work.

If proof is not provided, this is a potential total of up to 80,000.

Mike Golden, from Immigration Enforcement in Northern Ireland, said: "Those who use and exploit illegal workers face severe financial penalties.

"We are happy to work with businesses to ensure the right pre-employment checks are carried out, but those intent on operating outside the law will be found and will be punished."


Immigration checks at Lee Garden identified a 52-year-old man and 46-year-old woman who had no permission to work.

Also identified were a 50-year-old man who had entered the UK illegally and a 45-year-old woman who had overstayed her visa.

They are all now in detention while steps are taken to remove them from the UK.

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