Suspected illegal workers found at Hartlepool chip shop

TWO workers were escorted from a takeaway as part of an operation by immigration officers.

Home Office immigration enforcement officers visited Joanna’s Fish Bar, in York Road, on Friday.

SCENE OF OPERATION: Joanna's Fish Bar, in York Road, Hartlepool.

SCENE OF OPERATION: Joanna's Fish Bar, in York Road, Hartlepool.

The Government department said a 33-year-old Iraqi man and a 21-year-old Iranian man were suspected of not having permission to work in the UK.

Both men were escorted from the premises.

A Home Office spokesman said: “Joanna’s Fish Bar was served a notice warning that a financial penalty of £20,000 could be imposed, unless evidence is provided that legally required pre-employment checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.”

Staff at Joanna’s Fish Bar did not wish to comment when contacted by the Mail.