Illegal workers arrested in Exmouth

Two staff members at an Exmouth takeaway are facing deportation after they were caught working illegally.

Following a tip off, immigration officers raided the Chicken Hut in Rolle Street and checked the immigration status of its staff.

Following the checks, a 32-year-old Indian man was found to have entered the UK illegally, while a 27-year-old Pakistani man was found to be working in breach of the conditions of his student visa.

Both men were arrested, and transferred to immigration detention, where they are now facing deportation.

The owners of the Chicken Hut are now facing a fine of up to �10,000 for each worker employed illegally, unless they can prove that the correct employment procedures were followed.

Head of the UK Border Agency’s South West immigration team Kenny Chapman said: “We are determined to stamp down on those businesses that ignore our immigration laws.

“Any employer who takes on foreign nationals without permission to work in the UK is breaking the law.

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“If people ignore the rules by working illegally, we will find them and seek to remove them from the country.

“We are happy to work with law-abiding employers and there are a few simple checks that can be carried out to establish a person’s right to work in the UK. However, when a business fails to comply with the rules, we will not hesitate to take the strongest possible action.”

Anyone who has information on suspected immigration offenders can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on (0800) 555111.