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Thursday, 14 November 2013

High Street immigration raid catches 3 illegals

Slough shop could be fined up to £30,000 for employing illegal immigrants

Report and photographs: Paul Janik

Acting on intelligence, and with assistance from Thames Valley Police, a Home Office immigration enforcement squad visited Marwa Superstore, 281 Slough High Street, at about midday on Thursday, 14 November.

Eye witnesses say they saw 3 immigration vans, two police cars and a police van outside the shop. Thames Valley Police confirmed it had provided operational support to Immigration officers in the Slough area on Thursday 14 November.

The Immigration squad questioned shop workers to determine if they had the right to be in the UK.

After detailed checks Immigration Officers arrested three men. Two Pakistani nationals, aged 28 and 30, had overstayed their visas. A 19-year-old Afghan national had entered the United Kingdom unlawfully. All three were taken to an immigration detention centre to wait their removal from the U.K.

The shop's manager told the Slough Times

  • The business owner was a Mr Raghad Kadham who was not available for an interview.
  • The shop pays its workers £6.50 per hour for a 40 hour working week. Staff include students. Most of the staff work part-time because if they work full-time they will lose some government benefits. Accommodation and living costs are high in Slough.
  • Two of the arrested staff had given the shop forged papers whilst the third person had repeatedly said his papers were at the Home Office being processed by Immigration officials.
  • Two of the arrested staff have now applied for asylum.

Home Office statement

The business was served a notice warning that a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per illegal worker will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct 'right-to-work' checks were carried out.

Immigration Minister Mark Harper said:

Illegal working encourages illegal immigration, undercuts legitimate businesses and is often associated with exploitation.

The existing illegal working regime is not simple enough; the penalties have remained the same since 2008 and do not provide a sufficient deterrent; it is also too easy for companies to evade paying them.

New legislation will increase the penalties for rogue businesses, make it easier to enforce payment, while also making it easier for legitimate businesses to verify individuals' 'right to work'.

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can see specific advice or they can call the Employers Helpline on 0300-123 4699.

More information and contact details for Home Office Immigration Enforcement teams in London and South are on the Internet.

Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact Crimestoppers on 0800-555 111 anonymously or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Additional facts from the Immigration service

  • Arrests are carried out by trained immigration officers who carry out operations at businesses and private addresses, acting on intelligence received from the public and other sources. All intelligence is protected.
  • Net migration has fallen by a third since its peak in 2010 showing the Home Office is continuing to bring immigration back under control. The new Immigration Bill will reduce immigrants attraction to this country and make it easier to remove people with no right to be in the U.K.
  • On Tuesday, 26 March 2013 the Home Secretary announced that the UK Border Agency will be replaced by two new immigration commands within the Home Office: an immigration and visa service and an immigration law enforcement organisation. Those changes came into effect on Monday, 1 April 2013.