Immigration arrests in Wisbech

Seven immigration offenders have been arrested by Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers in Wisbech.

Acting on intelligence received, officers raided China Garden in Norwich Road on the evening of Tuesday, May 14.

Checks revealed that three members of staff – all Chinese nationals – had no permission to be in the country.

A 47-year-old man was a failed asylum seeker, a 26-year-old woman had overstayed her visa and a 25-year-old man had entered the country illegally.

These arrests follow those of four other immigration offenders in the town on 9 May, when eight immigration officers, supported by officers from Cambridgeshire Police and HM Revenue and Customs, visited 12 businesses in the town to ensure they were complying with legislation around the employment of foreign nationals.

Arrests were made at three businesses – Premier Shop in Norwich Road, Haran’s All In One Store in Norfolk Street, and Tandoori Hut, also in Norfolk Street.

Two Indian men, 43 and 27, who had overstayed their visas were arrested at Premier Shop. A 38-year-old Indian man who had overstayed his visa was arrested at Haran’s All In One Store and at Tandoori Hut a 49-year-old visa overstayer from Pakistan was caught as he attempted to run from the back door of the premises.

All seven men were taken into immigration detention pending their removal from the UK.

A fifth illegal worker, a 28-year-old illegal entrant from China, was encountered at the Evergreen Chinese Takeaway in Victoria Road. He was not arrested, but released on reporting restrictions pending the outcome of an application to remain in the UK.

All the businesses face a potential fine of up to £30,000 - £10,000 per illegal worker. To avoid the penalty they must demonstrate that appropriate pre-employment checks, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document, were carried out.

Andy Dann, from Home Office Immigration Enforcement, said:“We are working hard to track down and remove from the country those who seek to abuse the UK’s immigration laws. Operations like this are carried out regularly and we have no intention of slowing down.

“The public can be a huge help in our work and I urge people with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.