Illegal workers uncovered in Welham Green raid
PUBLISHED: 16:05 10 May 2013 | UPDATED: 08:57 14 May 2013
IMMIGRATION officials swooped on a Welham Green firm yesterday (Thursday) uncovering 12 illegal workers.
All of the lawbreakers were discovered at double glazing manufacturer Advanced Sealed Units.
Home Office Immigration Enforcement arrested eleven men aged between 25 and 56 and a 28-year old woman.
All been detained pending their deportation.
If the employers are unable to provide evidence legally required pre-employment checks were carried out, they will be slapped with a fine of up to £120,000.
Officers also carried out visits to two residential addresses in Hatfield, where they discovered two more immigration offenders.
A 31-year-old visa overstayer from India was arrested at Oxlease Drive and taken into immigration detention.
A 41-year-old Indian visa overstayer was arrested at Woods Close and released on immigration bail.
Jon Greenbank, from Home Office Immigration Enforcement, said: “Teams across the country carry out operations like this on a daily basis. There is no hiding place for offenders and we will seek to remove anyone who we find to be in the UK illegally.
“We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be done on staff. Those who choose to break the law should know that we are out there looking for them and they will face heavy fines.
“I would urge members of the public with detailed information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”
Anyone with information about immigration crime can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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