A Derry takeaway is facing a potential penalty of £80,000 after four immigration offenders from China were found working at its premises.
The PSNI assisted Border Force with an operation at a Chinese takeaway in Derry earlier this month and the Home Office has now confirmed that action has been taken.
Border Force is a law enforcement command within the Home Office. It secures the UK border by carrying out immigration and customs controls for people and goods entering the UK.
Acting on intelligence, Immigration Enforcement officers visited China Kitchen, Messines Terrace Racecourse Road, Londonderry, on Friday, 16 August at approximately 6.30pm
Checks identified three Chinese men and a woman were working illegally.
Two of the men, aged 26 and 33, and the woman, aged 50, have outstanding immigration applications, but no permission to work.
They were escorted from the premises and must now report regularly to the Home Office while their cases are dealt with.
A Home Office spokesperson added: “A 30-year-old man who had overstayed his visa was arrested and detained pending his removal from the UK.
“China Kitchen was served a Civil Penalty Referral Notice in relation to the illegal workers.
“The notice warns that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker found will be imposed unless the employers 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.”
At the time a spokesperson for the police service confirmed that it was an “immigration operation” conducted on behalf of the Home Office. It's understood that a number of arrests were made.
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