Three Kent Mart stores visited and five illegals caught, maybe Kent Mart stores should be targeted as they seem to employ an awfully high number of illegal workers.
On Tuesday, 11th December Border Agency officers went to Kent Mart, Walderslade Road, Chatham. Officers checked the immigration status of those working and identified three men working illegally.
Two from India, aged 25 and 26, who had both overstayed their visas were arrested and remain in immigration detention pending their removal from the UK. The third, a 33 year-old from Algeria, has been released but will report regularly while his case is considered. Yeah right! More on this Walderslade Road shop later.
Officers also visited Kent Mart, this time in Maidstone Road, Rochester where checks of the staff revealed a 37-year-old man from Sri Lanka working in breach of his visa conditions. He was arrested and remains in immigration detention while arrangements are made to remove him to his home country.
A third visit by officers on the same day to yet again Kent Mart, hmmm I smell a Kent Mart whistleblower at work, High Street, Milton Regis identified an Indian man, aged 28, who had not left the UK when his visa expired. He was also arrested and remains in detention pending his removal from the UK.
A Percy Note
A previous visit on 1st November to the Kent Mart store, Walderslade Road, Chatham, had revealed three illegal workers – all men from Sri Lanka. Yet just over a month later they are employing three more. Surely it’s time to shut that business down for blatantly employer illegal workers.
Elsewhere in the Garden of England county
Border Agency officers visited Marino’s Fish Bar, Hart Lane, Maidstone, on Thursday, 6th December where they identified a 20-year-old man from Indian who had entered the UK illegally.
Then on to Hilltown Cuisine, Union Street, Maidstone, where a 41-year-old man from Bangladesh was also found to have entered the country illegally.
Later the same evening officers went to The Taste of Bengal, Ashford Road, Harrietsham where another man from Bangladesh, aged 33, was found who had not left the UK when his visa expired.
All three were arrested and placed in immigration detention. The men aged 20 and 41 remain in detention pending their removal from the UK. The 33-year old has been released, giving him the opportunity to abscond and seek illegal work elsewhere.
The next day, Friday, 7th December, officers from the agency visited Tandoori Hut, High Street, Dymchurch. Checks on immigration status of staff there revealed a Bangladeshi man aged 48 who had overstayed his visa. He was arrested and remains in immigration detention pending his removal from the UK.
A visit carried out the same evening by officers to Bengal Spice, Canterbury Road, Folkestone revealed two men, aged 31 and 40 both from Bangladesh, who had not left the country when their visas expired. Both were arrested and are in detention awaiting removal to their home country.
On Saturday at Marsala Gate, Northgate, Canterbury on Saturday 8th December a 25-year-old Bangladeshi man was identified as overstaying his visa. He was also arrested and remains in detention while arrangements are made to remove him from the UK.
Meanwhile in Derby
Border Agency officers paid an unannounced visit to A Star Clothing Ltd, New Normanton Mills, Stanhope Street on Wednesday 12th December.
Four women were arrested after it was confirmed they had no right to be in the UK. They had either overstayed visas or illegally entered the country.
Another woman was escorted off the premises after it was found that she is already known to the UK Border Agency as an immigration offender and regularly reporting on bail. Some people just don’t learn do they?
Four of the women encountered at A Star Clothing are Indian nationals while the fifth is from Pakistan.
After the swoop on the textile company, UK Border Agency officers visited several residential addresses to locate passports and identity documents. During a search of a property in Dale Road, Derby an Indian man was arrested after checks showed that he had no permission to be in the UK.
Latest illegal workers scores; Kent 13 – Derby 6