THREE illegal workers who were arrested by border officials in a swoop on a takeaway have been kicked out of the country.
UK Border Agency officers targeted the Golden Fry takeaway, in Horden, last Thursday and arrested four Indian men on suspicion of working illegally.
Checks on three of the four men, aged 21, 24 and 27, found they did not have the correct paperwork to be able to work in the UK.
They were transported to Heathrow before being deported on a flight on Wednesday afternoon.
The fourth man, 38, is still being checked out by immigration officers. Wallace Wilson, manager of the UK Border Agency Northumbria local immigration team, said: “The agency is serious about clamping down on illegal immigration and illegal working.
“This operation shows how our teams will not hesitate to take action. We will remove people who have no right to be in the UK.
“This sort of activity places huge strain on the public purse. I would urge anyone with specific information about suspected illegal working to contact the Northumbria team.” The agency is now working closely with the takeaway owner to see what checks were carried out on the employees before they started working.
If it is proved no checks were done the owner could face a fine of up to £10,000 for each worker found to be working illegally.
Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, the Northumbria Local Immigration Team on (0191) 2380484 or on the UK Border Agency website http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/contact/report-crime/