Illegal workers arrested at Exotic Karahi and Chalvey Supermarket
Five people have been arrested for working illegally at three businesses in Slough.
The arrests came after a Home Office Immigration Enforcement crackdown on illegal working in Slough.
Immigration officers acting on intelligence, supported by Thames Valley Police, visited a series of businesses yesterday and carried out immigration checks on staff.
At around 12.30pm they carried out simultaneous operations at the Exotic Karahi restaurant and Exotic Superstore in Farnham Road.
At the restaurant a 28-year-old Indian member of staff was arrested for overstaying his visa and detained pending his removal from the UK.
Bosses were warned they could face a fine of up to £10,000 for employing the man unless they can prove to the Home Office that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out on their staff.
No-one was arrested at the superstore but a 29-year-old man from Pakistan was detained for entering the UK illegally.
Three men were then arrested from Chalvey Supermarket in Alexandra Plaza.
These were a 25-year-old man from Pakistan who had entered the UK illegally and two men, a 44-year-old from India and a 37-year-old from Pakistan, who had over-stayed their visas. They were detained pending their removal from the UK.
Officers also discovered a Pakistani woman had been working illegally in the store but she was not arrested due to an outstanding application with the Home Office.
The supermarket was warned it could face a fine of up to £40,000 - £10,000 per illegal worker.
Assistant director Paul Smith, head of the Home Office Thames Valley Immigration Enforcement team, said: “Where we find someone who is in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them however, we are also targeting businesses who employ illegal workers and fuel illegal immigration to this country."
He added: “We’re happy to work with businesses and explain to them the checks that they are required to do on their staff, but those who chose to break the rules face heavy fines.”
Employers can visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/preventing-illegal-working/ for advice.