UK cracks down on illegal immigrants
UK: Businesses were warned they face massive fines if they hire
illegal immigrants - as five KFC restaurants were raided.
Immigration officials swooped on the fast-food outlets across South
Hampshire, including two in Portsmouth.
A 37-year-old Sri Lankan was found to be working illegally at the KFC
in Havant Road, Drayton, while a worker at the franchise in Binnacle
Way, North Harbour, was arrested on suspicion of immigration offences.
The Sri Lankan at the Drayton KFC was not arrested as he had an
immigration application pending.
But the manager of the branch was given a Notice of Potential
Liability and could face a hefty fine if found to have knowingly
employed an illegal immigrant. Three other KFCs were raided - at Hedge
End Retail Park; Leigh Road in Eastleigh; and West End Road in West End,
Southampton - with a total of five people being arrested for immigration
Electrician John Morey, 41, of Deerhurst Crescent, Paulsgrove, was
eating his KFC takeaway in his works van when officers surged into the
Hedge End restaurant.
A total of 33 immigration officers and police officers were involved
in the five raids which took place simultaneously at 1pm.
Officers were looking for Sri Lankan and Indian nationals working
illegally in the country, and had received a tip-off that some had been
employed at KFC outlets.
Paperwork was removed from the offices and members of staff
Five men from Sri Lanka and one from India, aged between 27 and 39,
were all arrested over immigration offences.
He said: “I just stopped for lunch. I saw everyone getting out of
their cars.” “I think if there are illegal immigrants working there they
should be carrying out raids.”
Lorna Chamberlain, acting chief immigration officer at the Portsmouth
branch of the UK Border Agency, said: “Intelligence has been received
that there are Sri Lankan and Indian immigrants working illegally at KFC
franchises in Hampshire.” Hugh Ind, area director for the UK Border
Agency, said: “Employers who don’t make proper checks are going to be
subjected to civil penalties of up to Pounds 10,000.
“We’re cracking down on irresponsible employers who are employing
people who shouldn’t be here and who haven’t the right to be here.”
KFC spokeswoman Jo Livingston said: “We have strict employment
practices across all of our stores including franchise-owned outlets.
“We take all allegations regarding a breach of these practices very
seriously and are assisting the authorities with their enquiries.” The
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