‘Illegal’ immigrants held in East Lancashire raids

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INVESTIGATORS from the UK Border Agency have detained two East Lancashire suspects after their fourth raid in a fortnight.

An operation staged at premises across Lancashire saw officers from the immigration service swoop on the Happy Shopper, in Coates Avenue, Barnoldswick, on Saturday.

Agency workers found a 27-year-old Pakistani man, who was said to be working there illegally, having overstayed a visa, and he was detained.

Later the same unit conducted a similar raid at Zainab Collections, a ladies fashion retailer in the Whalley Range area of Blackburn.

Border officials say that they discovered a 37-year-old was working at the Victoria Street store illegally, also having overstayed his visa. He was also arrested.

The previous evening had seen a raid carried out at the Millon takeaway in Freckleton and two Bangladeshi men, aged 29 and 33, detained in similar circumstances.

Just last week the UKBA also swooped on the Chicken Cottage takeaway, in Rosegrove Lane, Burnley, arresting Pakistani men aged 25 and 44.

Following the latest raids, Alison Wray, the UKBA’s north-west enforcement head, said: “We will continue to track down those who have no right to be living or working in the UK.

“This was a successful operation unearthing four immigration offenders. The message is clear - if you are here illegally we will find you, we will catch you and we will remove you from the UK.”

The shopkeepers in each case can face hefty fines if it is found that they failed to carry out adequate checks on suspect employees.

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9:59am Tue 5 Feb 13

happycyclist says...

"The shopkeepers in each case can face hefty fines if it is found that they failed to carry out adequate checks on suspect employees."

They can face hefty fines, but the chances are they won't be given hefty fines.
"The shopkeepers in each case can face hefty fines if it is found that they failed to carry out adequate checks on suspect employees." They can face hefty fines, but the chances are they won't be given hefty fines. happycyclist
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11:30am Tue 5 Feb 13

Izanears says...

happycyclist wrote:
"The shopkeepers in each case can face hefty fines if it is found that they failed to carry out adequate checks on suspect employees."

They can face hefty fines, but the chances are they won't be given hefty fines.
And not only that happycyclist, but those who have been caught will not be sent home either.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: "The shopkeepers in each case can face hefty fines if it is found that they failed to carry out adequate checks on suspect employees." They can face hefty fines, but the chances are they won't be given hefty fines.[/p][/quote]And not only that happycyclist, but those who have been caught will not be sent home either. Izanears
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3:09pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Excluded again says...

The fines of £10000 per illegal immigrant on employers should be doubled. And there should be the possibility of a prison sentance - up to say 12 months for anyone employing more than one illegal immigrant (once could be an error).

Make employers really scared to employ illegal immigrants, the jobs for illegal immigrants will dry up and fewer illegal immigrants will come because there is no work for them.
The fines of £10000 per illegal immigrant on employers should be doubled. And there should be the possibility of a prison sentance - up to say 12 months for anyone employing more than one illegal immigrant (once could be an error). Make employers really scared to employ illegal immigrants, the jobs for illegal immigrants will dry up and fewer illegal immigrants will come because there is no work for them. Excluded again
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