Illegal workers arrested at Lynn restaurant

ILLEGAL workers at Lynn's popular Pearl River Chinese restaurant have been arrested and the business now risks facing massive fines.

A team from the UK Border Agency visited the restaurant on John Kennedy Road, on Thursday, January 14, at 5.30pm, as part of an ongoing campaign.

They arrested two Chinese men - a 26-year-old failed asylum seaker and a 24-year-old illegal entrant.

It was also discovered that a 37-year-old Malaysian man had stayed in the country longer than he should have done.

They say all three offenders will leave Britain.

If convicted, the Pearl River Chinese Restaurant faces a potential fine of up to 30,000 - 10,000 per illegal worker - unless the owners can prove that correct pre-employment checks were carried out.

Inspector Colin Daulby, of the Norfolk immigration team, said: "Businesses that take on illegal foreign labour are not only breaking the law, but also undermining legitimate employers. Those who choose to ignore the rules face big fines and will be caught."

He added employers have a "clear responsibility" to carry out the right checks when employing foreign nationals.

Guidance for enployers on preventing illegal working can be found on www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/employingmigrants or by contacting the UK Border Agency Employers helpline on 0300 123 4699.

Anyone who suspects any illegal workers should contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.