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Evesham immigration operation leads to four arrests

A restaurant in Evesham is facing a potential fine of up to £80,000 after an operation by Immigration Enforcement on Friday, 19 January.

The intelligence-led visit took place at about 2.30pm at Casa, Vine Street.

Following checks carried out by immigration officers, four men were found to have no right to live or work in the UK and arrested. 

The four men were all Albanian nationals, three aged 27 and one aged 25, who had entered the UK illegally. Three men were detained pending removal from the country and a fourth man was detained while his immigration case is considered.

Casa was served a civil penalty referral notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker found will be imposed unless the employer can demonstrate that appropriate right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work. This is a potential total of up to £80,000.

Assistant Director Carol Scarr, head of the West Midlands Immigration Enforcement team, said:

“This was a professional operation by my immigration officers, supported by officers from West Mercia police.  The team reacted quickly when two men attempted to run off soon after officers entered the premises, ensuring they were quickly caught and detained. 

“My specialist officers work across the West Midlands and are always ready to act where it is suspected that immigration laws are being abused.  Illegal working 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.”

Information to help employers carry out checks to prevent illegal working can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/employers-illegal-working-penalties. This includes a quick answer right-to-work tool to help employers check if someone has the right to work in the UK.

People with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact https://www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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