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Two illegal workers arrested at Liverpool restaurant

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Two people have been arrested following a UK Border Agency raid on a restaurant in Liverpool.

The two Pakistani men were arrested at Masala Wok Ltd for a committing variety of immigration offences. One Iraqi man was also found to be without any legal right to work.

Masala Wok Ltd could now face a fine of up to £30,000 unless they can prove they carried out the correct right-to-work checks on the men.

Hostile environment for illegal immigrants

Immigration minister Damian Green said: ‘The government has tasked the UK Border Agency with carrying out an intense period of enforcement activity over the summer. We are determined to create a hostile environment which makes it harder than ever for illegal immigrants to come to the UK and put down roots.

‘Illegal immigration puts untold pressure on public services at a time when this country cannot afford to support people not entitled to it. That’s why the UK Border Agency is working day in, day out to cut out the routes - such as sham marriages, bogus colleges and organised traffickers - being used by foreign nationals to try and stay in the UK permanently.’

Find out more

If you’re not sure what steps you need to take as an employer to avoid employing illegal workers, then visit the employers page on the UK Border Agency website, or call the helpline on 0300 123 4699.

If you suspect someone is employing illegal workers at their business, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 (anonymity is assured).