Illegal workers arrested at Glengormley fast food outlet
13:01Monday 29 June 2015
A Glengormley takeaway is facing a potential fine of up to £40,000 after two illegal workers were arrested at the business during an operation by a Home Office immigration enforcement team.
The operation was carried out on Thursday, June 18, but details of the arrests were only made public this week.
Acting on intelligence, officers visited New Taste Chinese takeaway on Carnmoney Road and questioned staff to check if they had the right to be in and work in the UK.
“Two Chinese women aged 40 and 46 found working in the kitchen were arrested. Both were in the country illegally,” a Home Office spokesperson confirmed.
Both women are currently in Home Office detention while steps are taken to remove them from the country.
The business was served with a notice warning that a civil penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out such as seeing a passport or official Home Office document.
Deputy Director Mike Golden, from the Home Office’s Northern Ireland Immigration Enforcement Team, said: “These arrests are a clear warning to those in Northern Ireland 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.