Illegal immigrants nabbed at Chinese takeaway

Golden Chopsticks, Conisbrough. Picture: Marie Caley S1080MC
Golden Chopsticks, Conisbrough. Picture: Marie Caley S1080MC

Three illegal immigrants found working at a Chinese takeaway in Conisbrough face deportation following a raid by the UK Border Agency.

The owners of Golden Chopsticks on Windmill Avenue, face a potential £30,000 fine after the Chinese men were discovered at the premises during a swoop by immigration officials.

Acting on intelligence, Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers visited the takeaway on Windmill Avenue, on November 7.

Checks were carried out on the immigration status of staff members. Three Chinese men, one aged 26 and two aged 45, were found to be in the UK illegally. All three men were arrested and are detained pending their removal from the UK.

Spokeswoman for Yorkshire and Humber’s Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, Anita Bailey, said: “We are determined to crack down on immigration offenders in South Yorkshire and will take steps to remove people found here illegally.

“Employers have a legal duty to ensure their employees have permission to work in the UK. If they do not take their responsibilities seriously they can expect immigration enforcement visits, arrests and heavy fines.”

Golden Chopsticks has been served with a civil penalty notice for employing the three illegal workers.

This means the employer will be fined up to £10,000 per illegal worker unless evidence is provided that the correct right to work checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or a Home Office document.