Immigration raids on the Isle of Wight

By Matthew Mckew

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

 

Home Office immigration officers swooped on three businesses on the Isle of Wight tonight (Tuesday), following reports of suspected illegal workers, with expired or no visas.

At around 4.30pm a team of seven immigration enforcement officers raided The Kebab House on Upper Saint James' Street, Newport.

No arrests were made, but a Notice of Potential Liability was issued to the acting manager.

This civil legislation requires the owner to demonstrate that all of the employees have the right to work in the UK.

If the owner, believed to be on holiday abroad, fails to do this he could be liable for a fine of £10,000.

Officers also exercised a warrant at two other addresses, in East Cowes and Ventnor, however no arrests or action was taken at these.

Carla Johnson, immigration and enforcement team leader for Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight, issued a strong message to business owners employing illegal workers.

She said: "You won't get away with it, we will find you out, we will track you down. You need to understand that you could face a £10,000 fine for each person you employ illegally."

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