The businesses involved could now face large fines for employing illegal workers.
Acting on intelligence, officers from the UK Border Agency went to Nikki Ip’s at 19:00 on Thursday 3 June. Two Chinese chefs were found to be in the UK illegally, and arrested. One man was found to have entered the UK illegally. He remains in detention pending an outstanding immigration claim and will be removed from the UK if he is found to have no right to remain. The second man is in custody charged under the Identity Cards Act with possessing a counterfeit Home Office document.
The agency’s North Wales team found five more immigration offenders after simultaneously targeting three restaurants in Tywyn, Dolgellau and Penrhyndeudraeth at 17:00 on Thursday 27 May.
A Bangladeshi chef was found to have entered the UK illegally. He is in custody after being charged under the Identity Cards Act with possessing a forged UK passport.
Three Bangladeshi men were arrested. One man was found to be a failed asylum seeker who had not left the UK as required when his claim for international protection was turned down. A second man was working illegally in breach of a visitors’ visa. Both remain in immigration detention pending their removal from the UK. A third man was charged with possessing a counterfeit document and is in custody.
A Bangladeshi chef was arrested after it was found he had stayed in the UK illegally after his visa had expired. He was later released on immigration bail while steps are taken by the UK Border Agency to remove him from the country.
Those arrested in the raids were taken to St Asaph police station.
The four businesses involved are all being served with civil penalty notices for employing illegal workers.
Employers need to provide evidence that checks where carried out before offering work. A Home Office document or a passport would provide such evidence. If the employers are unable to provide evidence that the checks were made, then a fine of up to £10,000 will be imposed for each illegal worker.
Jane Farleigh, regional director of the UK Border Agency in Wales and the South West, said:
‘If people want to work in the UK, there are ways they can come here legitimately.
‘If they decide to ignore immigration laws, we will find them and look to remove them from the country.
‘Anyone in North Wales who employs a foreign national without permission to work is breaking the law and undermining law abiding businesses. Employers have a legal responsibility to carry out the right checks.’