Four illegal workers have been arrested following Home Office immigration enforcement operations in Berwick and Gateshead.
Officers visited Villa Spice, Ravensholme Hotel, Ravensdowne, Berwick, and Gill’s Fish and Chips, Meresyde, Gateshead. Individuals were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
At Villa Spice, which was visited at 17:35 on Thursday 19th September, two Bangladeshi men were arrested. One, aged 26, had overstayed his visa, while a 37-year-old was found to be an immigration offender.
Mind you Villa Spice were caught 20th April last year with three illegal workers plus one hiding in the back. Obviously the restaurant decided the law is an ass and carried on employing illegals. I wonder if they paid the fine last year.
The visit to Gill’s took place at 17:20pm the following day. There, officers arrested two Indian men. One, aged 21, was working in breach of his visa conditions while the other, aged 27, was found to be an immigration offender. All those arrested were detained pending removal from the UK.
Five illegal workers have been caught following an operation by officers on the Isle of Arran.
Shortly after 13:00 on Thursday 19th September 2013 officers visited the Arran Tandoori, Shore Road, Brodick and the staff accommodation of the Indian Garden Takeaway, Main Street, Lamlash, carrying out immigration checks on staff.
At the Arran Tandoori officers discovered two Bangladeshi men, aged 24 and 50, who did not have the right to work in the UK, working in the kitchen. At Indian Garden Takeaway officers encountered three Bangladeshi men, aged 24, 28 and 41. All were employed by the takeaway but did not have the right to work in the UK. All the men were arrested and steps are now being taken to remove them from the UK.
Four illegal workers from Bangladesh have been arrested following an operation by Home Office immigration enforcement at a restaurant in Milton Keynes.
Acting on intelligence, officers visited Silk Road Restaurant & Bar, Grafton Gate, at 18:25 on 18 September 2013. Individuals were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
They arrested four men. One, aged 25, was found to have overstayed his visa, two, aged 27 and 40, had entered the country illegally while a 29-year-old man was working in breach of his visa conditions. A 38-year-old man found working at the restaurant had also overstayed his visa but was not arrested.
Two of the men were transferred to immigration detention pending removal from the country. The other two have been placed on immigration bail while their cases are progressed and will also face removal from the country if they can be found again.
Speaking about those arrested not being found again
Home Office immigration enforcement crime investigators have issued an appeal for information about the whereabouts of two defendants due to stand trial in October. Don’t tell me they were given bail.
Hungarian nationals Istvan Toth and Peter Toth are charged in relation to an investigation into the alleged trafficking of women for the purposes of prostitution.
A judge issued a warrant for their arrest after they failed to attend Hove Crown Court for a pre-trial review hearing on Friday 13th September. The trial is due to start on 28th October.
The men, who are brothers, have connections to Eastbourne but may also be in the Woolwich area of south east London or Margate in Kent.
Istvan Toth, 34, is a white European male. He is 5ft 10in tall with a stocky build and bald head. He is usually well dressed and speaks with a Hungarian accent.
Peter Toth, 28, is a white European male. He is 5ft 9in tall with a slim build, brown eyes, short brown hair and a slight beard. He speaks with a Hungarian accent and also usually wears glasses.
Sham marriage foiled
A Pakistani man was arrested moments before he was due to take part in a suspected sham marriage in Blackburn. Acting on information that the relationship may not be genuine, officers attended Blackburn and Darwen Register Office at King Georges Hotel in Northgate just before 12:00 on Thursday 19th September.
Just before the ceremony, officers intervened and the 26-year-old man was arrested after checks revealed he was in the country illegally having over-stayed his student visa.
He had been due to marry an 18-year-old Latvian woman who was interviewed by officers and later released. The ‘groom’ has been detained pending his removal from the UK.