London: According to official sources, Britain’s immigration officials have arrested 25 foreign nationals, including 23 Indians, for working illegally in an Asian supermarket.
Acting on intelligence, authorities had visited the ‘Quality Foods Supermarket’ in west London to check if the staff had the legal right to work in UK.
Checks revealed a number of staff was working in breach of immigration law and officers arrested 23 Indians, one Pakistani and a Ghanaian, aged between 19 and 54.
The sources said three of those arrested were female.
Out of the 25 arrested, 15 were working by violating their immigration conditions and six had entered the UK illegally and four had overstayed their visa.
Officials said steps were taken to extradite all the 25 from the country ‘at the earliest possible opportunity’. The proprietor of the supermarket was given a penalty notice, warning he could face fines of up to 10,000 pounds for each illegitimate worker arrested unless he can provide evidence that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
Jennifer Money, head of Ealing local immigration team, UK Border Agency said, “It is the legal responsibility of all businesses to check their employees have the right to work in the UK.”
She added, “Where we find people who are in the UK illegally, we will seek to remove them. But we also want to send out a strong message to employers. More raids like this are planned.”