Illegal immigrants found at raid on Doncaster takeaway

Mark Harper, immigration minister
Mark Harper, immigration minister

Owners of a Doncaster takeaway are facing a financial penalty of up to £30,000 for employing illegal workers after a Home Office immigration raid.

Officers vivisted Chilly’s in Station Road, Askern, on Wednesday evening and carried out checks on staff.

Three men from Pakistan, aged 28, 33 and 41, were found to have no right to work in the UK, so were arrested and are now detained pending their removal from the country.

The owners of Chilly’s have been served with a civil penalty notice for employing them.

They will be fined up to £10,000 per illegal worker unless proof is provided that the correct right to work checks were carried out - a total potential fine of £30,000.

Earlier this week the Government published the Immigration Bill, which includes a number of proposals to clamp down on illegal working and rogue employers.

They include potentially doubling the maximum penalty for those using illegal labour to £20,000 and making it easier to enforce unpaid debts in the civil courts.

The Government is also planning to simplify its right to work checks to make it easier for compliant employers to fulfil their responsibilities.

Immigration Minister Mark Harper said: “Illegal working encourages illegal immigration, undercuts legitimate businesses and is often associated with exploitation.

“The existing illegal working regime isn’t simple enough; the penalties have remained the same since 2008 and don’t 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.”

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business or someone is living in the UK illegally can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.