THREE illegal workers from China have been arrested in Portsmouth following a Home Office operation.
Acting on intelligence, immigration enforcement officers visited Rising Sun in Kingston Road at around 5.15pm on Thursday last week. Individuals were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
Three men, aged 36, 40 and 43, who had overstayed their visas were arrested.
They were detained pending removal from the country apart from the 36-year-old. He has been placed on immigration bail while travel documentation is obtained to enable his removal from the UK.
The business was served a notice warning that a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per worker arrested will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
Carla Johnson, head of the South Central Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said: ‘Businesses in Hampshire which follow the rules have nothing to fear, but those who either deliberately employ people with no right to work or fail to carry out the legally required checks on their staff should expect to face heavy financial penalties.
‘Illegal working has a negative impact on communities. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.
‘I would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.’
Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/contact/report-crime/ or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.