Bury St Edmunds: Illegal worker arrested

A TURKISH man has been arrested for immigration offences following a raid on a takeaway in Bury St Edmunds.

Officers from the UK Border Agency’s immigration team for Suffolk and north-east Essex visited Bury Kebab and Pizza in St Andrews Street around 5.20pm last Thursday, following a tip-off.

Checks revealed that a 36-year-old Turkish man working at the premises had overstayed his visa. He was taken into UK Border Agency detention pending deportation.

The owners of the takeaway outlet now face a potential fine of up to �10,000 unless they can prove that the correct pre-employment checks of passports or Home Office documents were carried out.

According to Border Agency officer Jack Davis, teams across the UK carry out similar raids every day.

He said: “Offenders should know that there is no hiding place and that where we find people who are in the UK illegally, we will seek to remove them. We are also looking to target the employers who take on illegal workers and encourage illegal immigration in the process.”

Mr Davis added: “We’re happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who choose to break the law will face heavy fines.”

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