Arrests made after raids by immigration officials in Portsmouth

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TWO businesses are each facing fines of up to £10,000 following raids by Home Office immigration officers.

Acting on intelligence, they raided Dua’s Beauty, The Bridge Centre, Fratton Road, at about 1.15pm on Thursday to check if they had the right to be in the UK.

They arrested a 24-year-old Pakistani woman who had overstayed her visa.

Shortly afterwards officers moved on to Sky Gift Mobile Phones, also in The Bridge Centre, where they arrested a 26-year-old Pakistani man found to be working in breach of his visa conditions.

Both offenders have been placed in immigration detention pending removal from the UK.

The businesses were served notices warning the employers that a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per illegal worker found will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

Carla Johnson, from the Home Office Immigration Enforcement team in Hampshire, said: ‘We regularly carry out operations like this in Portsmouth and have more planned in the future.

‘Those we find working illegally face arrest and removal from the UK.’

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