1. ITV Report

Four men detained in immigration investigation

Four men have been detained as part of an immigration investigation. Credit: PA

Three businesses in Wales could face fines totalling £100,000 after illegal workers were found at their premises.

Immigration Enforcement officers visited Longlife Spares Engineering in Lllanbradach, Ambala, in Ebbw Vale, and Pizza Palace in Rumney, on Thursday 8 February.

Following the visits, four men were taken into immigration detention pending their removal from the UK.

Each business was told it could face a £20,000 fine per illegal worker unless they could prove right-to-work checks were carried out.

We are happy to work with businesses to explain the simple pre-employment checks needed to establish a person's right to work in the UK, but to those who choose to ignore the rules the message is clear - we will find you and you will face a heavy financial penalty.

Illegal working is not victimless; it undercuts honest employers, cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities and defrauds the public purse.

I urge anyone with specific and detailed information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.

– Richard Johnson, Immigration Enforcement in Wales