Deep in the shires illegal workers are for hire.
On 9th November 2011 UKBA officers paid a visit to Bengal Mix, High Street, Bromyard, Herefordshire. As they entered the restaurant a worker tried to ‘scapa flow’ but was nabbed by officers. He was questioned along with all the other staff. Checks on his immigration status showed that he was a failed asylum seeker from Bangladesh with no right to be in the UK.
The would-be escapee was arrested and taken to Hereford police station for further questioning before being transferred to an immigration removal centre. He will remain in detention until he can be deported.
On 25th October immigration officers arrested an Albanian man at Evesham Car Valeting Centre, Worcestershire. Checks showed that he had illegally entered the UK. He was arrested and detained at an immigration removal centre. While in detention, he claimed asylum which was refused; nice try but no cigar. Action is now being taken to deport him.
The reason businesses employ illegal workers is not only are they cheap labour and disposable, they are also prepared to live in dangerous living accommodation.
After three illegal immigrants were caught at Basmati Restaurant, King Acre Street, Swainshill, Hereford during two UK Border Agency visits on 26th September and 3rd October, officers passed on concerns about the living accommodation above the restaurant to Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.
A district fire safety manager made an unannounced visit on 31rd October, I expect the owners thought their visitor was trick or treating, and found serious fire safety deficiencies, including the fire alarm system being disabled. The fire expert assessed that multiple deaths or serious injury could have occurred if a fire started while staff were sleeping.
As an alternative to serving an immediate prohibition notice, the owner of the premises agreed to bring in fire alarm engineers who fixed the faulty system while the fire officer remained on the premises. Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service will now be taking further enforcement action to improve other aspects of the restaurant’s fire safety arrangements.
After a visit to Benny’s Chicken, Church Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire on 1st November 2011 by UKBA officers one of the workers, a 58-year-old Pakistani man, was arrested and taken to Nuneaton police station for further questioning. While in custody, officers carried out a fingerprint check which showed that the man had been granted a visit visa which had expired.
He was later transferred to an immigration detention centre where he will remain until he is deported.