May 22 2013 Latest news:
by Flora Drury
Thursday, August 30, 2012
A Tottenham shopkeeper faces a fine of up to £40,000 after four men were discovered working illegally in a supermarket.
The four illegal workers were arrested after UK Border Agency officers visited the Bruce Grove Supermarket at around 12.30pm on Wednesday, August 29.
Officers found a 34-year-old Afghan man, who had entered the UK illegally, as well as a 62-year-old Sri Lankan, a 35-year-old Pakistani and 20-year-old Bangladeshi, who had all over-stayed their visas, working in the shop in Bruce Grove.
All four were detained pending their removal from the UK.
Their employer was served a notice warning a fine of up to £40,000 – or £10,000 per illegal worker – which will be imposed unless proof is provided to the UK Border Agency that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
UKBA’s assistant director Steve Fisher said: “We’re carrying out operations like this almost every day in London, and where we find people who are in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them.
“Those who fail to carry out the legally-required checks on staff should know that we are out there looking for them and they will face heavy fines.”
- 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’s Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.