Cambourne Takeaway Fined
18 January 2011, 15:47
The owners of a takeaway in Cambourne are facing a potential fine of £50,000 after illegal immigrants were discovered working there.
The five foreign nationals were living as well as working at Wokswagon in the High Street.
They were caught during a raid by officers from the Local Immigration Team.
A 32 year old woman and a 30 year, both from Malaysia, were found to have stayed longer than their visas permitted.
Three Chinese people were also found there, including a 34 year old man who is a failed asylum seeker, a 31 year old illegal entrant and a 19 year old who had stayed longer than his visa allowed.
All five people will now be deported by the UK Border Agency.
The business now faces a fine of up to £10,000 per illegal immigrant, unless managers can prove that checks were made before the people started work.
Immigration Officer Jason Davis said: "Not a single member of staff had permission to be in the UK.
The business lost money as a result of having to close on the night of our visit and now faces the additional financial burden of a potentially substantial fine for employing illegal workers and the task of recruiting a new workforce.
We are happy to work with employers to help them stay within the rules, but any business that takes on a foreign national without permission to work should be aware that they are breaking the law as well as undermining law-abiding employers."