Felixstowe: Raid at Subway finds two staff working illegally
Two shop staff are today facing deportation after being arrested for working illegally at a town centre business.
UK Border Agency officials visited the branch of Subway in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, after receiving intelligence about workers at the premises.
Immigration checks revealed both of the members of staff on duty – two 23-year-old men from India – were working in breach of student visas.
The shop had to close temporarily after the men were arrested at 9.30am yesterday because no workers were left on site.
The UK Border Agency is now working to remove the men from the country.
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Immigration Officer Mark Gear said: “The revenue lost while the shop was closed means the business has already been hit in the pocket, but it could be facing an even bigger financial blow.
“Employers have a legal responsibility to carry out right-to-work checks before taking on foreign nationals.
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“Those that break the law face fines of up to �10,000 per illegal worker.”
Mr Gear said in order to avoid a potential fine of as much as �20,000, the franchisee must now prove that appropriate pre-employment checks were conducted.
No-one was available from Subway to comment on the incident.
The shop has now re-opened.