Illegal workers found at town takeaway

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A Home Office operation has found that three Chinese men have been working illegally at an Arbroath Chinese takeaway.

Acting on intelligence an immigration enforcement operation, along with officers from Police Scotland visited Harbour City Hot Food on East Grimsby on Thursday evening.

Checks on the immigration status of staff revealed three Chinese men aged 25, 38 and 51 had no right to work in the UK.

They were arrested and have all been detained pending their removal from the country.

In addition a large sum of cash that was found in a bin concealed beneath rubbish was seized by Police Scotland under the proceeds of crime Act.

The business will be served with a civil penalty notice for employing the illegal workers.

If the employers are unable to provide evidence that legally required pre employment checks were carried out before giving the workers a job, a fine of up to £30,000 will be imposed.

Assistant director Adam Scarcliffe, from the Home Office’s Scotland immigration enforcement team, said: “The message for anyone living and working in Scotland illegally is clear – it doesn’t matter where you are, we will track you down and remove you from the country.

“We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who break the law should know that they will face heavy fines.”