Takeaways face fines for illegal workers

BORDER officials have today announced a number of arrests made in Ipswich following the discovery of illegal workers at two takeaway restaurants.

BORDER officials have today announced a number of arrests made in Ipswich following the discovery of illegal workers at two takeaway restaurants.

The restaurant owners are facing potentially heavy fines for employing the staff if they cannot prove that the correct pre-employment checks were made.

At the Dragon Express in Queen's Way last Thursday, officers found a 25-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man, both failed asylum seekers from China.

In the same road, at the Yummy Chinese takeaway, officers arrested a 24-year-old Malaysian woman and a 24-year-old Afghan man who had overstayed their visas and a 24-year-old Chinese man who had entered the UK illegally. Another illegal entrant, a 32-year-old Chinese man, was also discovered in a flat above the restaurant.


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Steps are being taken to remove all six from the UK. Meanwhile, Dragon Express faces a potential fine of �20,000 and Yummy Chinese a potential fine of �30,000 if they cannot prove they carried out the right checks before employing migrant workers.

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