Illegal workers and sham marriage arrests…….

Posted: May 19, 2011 in British jobs for British workers, Law & Disorder

……just a normal day in Open House UK

IlieFifteen businesses caught employing illegal workers in the Plymouth area were fined a total of more than £100,000 during 2010.

UK Border Agency carried out raids at 36 businesses in Plymouth and the surrounding area which were suspected of employing immigration offenders.

At those businesses, 28 illegal workers from countries including China, Bangladesh, India and Afghanistan were found.

The businesses – thirteen in the city and one each in the nearby towns of Saltash and Tavistock – had failed to provide evidence that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out on immigration offenders found there.

The operations in Plymouth were part of a total of 114 raids at businesses carried out across Devon and Cornwall in 2010, finding 101 offenders.

Across the two counties, 83 firms were handed civil penalty fines totalling £762,500.

Also in 2010, 259 illegal immigrants found in Devon and Cornwall were deported. Of those deported, many of the offenders were detained at residential or other addresses while others were among those found working illegally.


Three people have been found working illegally following a series of raids on Pembrokeshire businesses by the UK Border Agency.

Officers went to Summer Palace restaurant, High Street, Saundersfoot, on Wednesday 11 May a Chinese woman was found to be a failed asylum seeker who did not leave the country when her claim for protection was turned down.

At Jay’s Sandwich Bar, Main Street, Pembroke, a Ghanaian woman was found to have stayed in the UK illegally after her visa expired.

The third business visited on Wednesday was Peking House, High Street, Haverfordwest. Checks revealed that a Chinese man working in the kitchen was also a failed asylum seeker.

Do you know

Four times more jobs have gone to migrants than British-born workers in the last year.

A record four million jobs in Britain are now carried out by people born abroad.

Over the last year, an average of 915 immigrants a day obtained a job compared to 211 people born in the UK.

Now for some sham marriage arrests

Four people have been arrested as part of a UK Border Agency operation targeting a suspected sham marriage in Slough.

IlieActing on intelligence, officers attended the Slough Register Office, Farnham Road on Saturday morning on 14 May just before the ceremony was due to start.

The bride and groom, a 26-year-old Hungarian woman and a 23-year-old Indian man, were both arrested on suspicion of conspiring to facilitate a breach of immigration law.

Two other Hungarian nationals, a woman aged 21 and a man aged 35, were arrested on suspicion of possessing false identity documents.

All four suspects were charged, and are due to appear before Slough Magistrates Court on Monday 16 May.

There’s more

Border Agency operation targeting suspected sham marriages in Wembley.

Officers attended the Brent Register Office, Forty Lane on Wednesday 11 May to disrupt two separate ceremonies before they could take place.

A 27-year-old Indian woman and a 38-year-old Pakistani man were both arrested for being in the country illegally when their visas had expired. Both were due to marry Eastern European nationals.

The pair remain in detention pending their removal from the UK.


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