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
forged paperswhilst the third person had repeatedly said his papers were at the Home Office being processed by Immigration officials.
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.