1. ITV Report

Illegal workers crackdown in Blackpool

Two businesses in Blackpool face financial penalties totalling a potential £40,000 for employing illegal workers, following operations by Home Office immigration enforcement over the weekend.

Officers visited Ruchi Indian Takeaway on Squires Gate Lane to check if workers had the right to be in the UK.

A Bangladeshi man, aged 36, and a Bangladeshi woman, aged 39, were found working illegally and were arrested for overstaying their visas.

Last night officers visited Kings Chef Chinese Takeaway on Hawes Side Lane, and arrested two Chinese men, aged 28 and 41. Both were found working and had entered the country illegally.

All those arrested were transferred to immigration detention pending removal from the UK.

The businesses will be served notices warning that a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per illegal worker found will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

Karen McDonough, Head of Lancashire Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said:

“These arrests are a clear warning to those in Blackpool abusing our immigration laws. There will be no slowdown in our efforts to arrest, detain and remove you from the UK.

“Employers who use illegal labour are defrauding the taxpayer, undercutting genuine employers and denying legitimate job hunters work."