Two men held following immigration raid on convenience store

Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers

Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers - Credit: Archant

Two men have been detained following an immigration enforcement raid on a Suffolk convenience store.

Officers took the men to an immigration detention centre after visiting the Londis store, in Sizewell Road, Leiston, earlier this week.

The Home Office said that both were of Indian origin and had been found to be working illegally in the UK.

The men, aged 45 and 28, will be detained while their individual cases are dealt with.

The business could face a total fine of up to £40,000 unless official documentation can be produced that proves the men have permission to work in the country.

Leiston Post Office is also located at the Londis store, where a witness to the raid said they saw an immigration van and five officers arrive on Wednesday afternoon. He said the store reopened shortly after the men were taken away.

A spokesman for the borders and immigration department of the Home Office said: “Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers visited Londis, in Sizewell Road, Leiston, at about 5pm on Wednesday, April 28.

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“Two Indian men, aged 45 and 28, were found to be working illegally. Both men have been taken into immigration detention while their cases are progressed.

“The business was served with a notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker found will be imposed unless the employer can demonstrate that appropriate right to work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.”