Acting on intelligence, a combined team of Heathrow detection and inland enforcement officers visited Scanwell Freight Services on Amberley Way in Hounslow, during the early hours of Monday 8 March, conducting checks on freight and interviewing staff to check they had the right-to-work in the UK.
Eight members of staff, all Indian males, were arrested for a variety of immigration offences.
Scanwell Freight Services has been warned it could face a fine of up to £90,000 for employing the eight, plus one other who was suspected of working illegally, unless they can prove the correct right-to-work checks were carried out on staff. Businesses that fail to carry out the correct right-to-work checks can be fined up to £10,000 per illegal employee.
As a result of those arrests searches were carried out at three residential addresses in Hayes and Southall and a further six people were arrested, four Indian males, one Indian female, and one South African male.
Seven of the fourteen arrested (five Indian males, an Indian female and a South African male) remain in immigration detention pending their removal from the UK. The other seven have been granted bail while we work to get travel documents for them.
Assistant director Ben Kelso, head of Hounslow local immigration team, said:
‘These arrests are part of an ongoing clampdown on illegal working to reduce the attractiveness of the area to illegal immigrants. More operations are planned in the future.
‘Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work.
‘We are happy to work with businesses to ensure they know what checks have to be done on staff, but those who do break the law will face action.’