Illegal workers nabbed in restaurant raids

POLICE and immigration officials launched a series of dramatic raids on three takeaways in Bearsden and Milngavie.

They swooped last Thursday evening arresting six people believed to be illegally working in the UK.

Acting on intelligence, officers from the UK Border Agency, accompanied by Strathclyde Police, targeted Chinese and Indian takeaways to question staff and ensure they had the right to work in Britain.

Those who were found to have committed immigration offences were arrested.

Targeted

Officers targeted two premises in Baljaffray Shopping Centre, Bearsden, where three Chinese men aged between 23 and 36 were arrested at the New Manor Garden, and Spice Chilli, where a 21-year-old Indian man was arrested.

In the same operation, two Indian men aged 30 and 26 were detained at Classic India on Douglas Street, Milngavie.

Police also arrested a further five people in raids at four shops in Glasgow.

Six of those arrested have been detained while steps are taken to remove them from the UK. Enquiries into the status of the remaining five are ongoing.

A witness to the Baljaffray raids, which happened between 8 and 9pm, and who asked not to be named, said: “It was very dramatic. There was police everywhere, they went in the front and the back doors. However, there was no hassle, everyone complied.”

Phil Taylor, regional director of the UK Border Agency in Scotland and Northern Ireland, said: “We will not tolerate illegal working which threatens to damage our communities – it undercuts wages and exploits vulnerable workers.

”The UK Border Agency will act on intelligence to target those businesses which ignore the rules and remove those with no right to be in the UK.

“This operation is part of an ongoing clamp down on illegal working in Scotland to reduce the attractiveness of the UK to illegal immigrants.

“If people ignore our immigration laws, we will find them and remove them from the country.”

Every year, the UK Border Agency imposes civil penalties on thousands of companies which fail to carry out legally-required checks on their staff.

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/advice-for-employers or they can call the UK Border Agency’s Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.