Chip shop illegal worker arrested in Lincoln

An illegal worker from India has been arrested in a raid on a Lincoln takeaway on Tuesday evening.

Acting on intelligence, UK Border Agency officers visited Chip Stop on Newark Road at 7.25pm on February 26.

Checks on staff found that one person, a 24-year-old man who had entered the UK illegally, was working without permission.

He was taken into UK Border Agency detention pending his removal from the country.

Chip Stop must now demonstrate that pre-employment checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document. If not the business faces a potential fine of up to £10,000.

UK Border Agency officer Paul Tranter said: “The message for those who are living and working in the UK illegally is clear – we will track you down and remove you from the country.

“Raids like this are carried out regularly and we want offenders to be in no doubt that the net is closing in.”

Every year, the UK Border Agency imposes civil penalties on hundreds of companies which fail to carry out legally-required checks on their staff.