Two fast food workers arrested in Aylesbury are to be deported and takeaways could be fined tens of thousands of pounds after raids by immigration officers yesterday.
Two Pakistani men were arrested at JFC Fast Food in Kingsbury and another man, also of Pakistani origin, was arrested at Chicken Cottage in Cambridge Street.
The two arrested at JFC, aged 46 and 50, were found to have overstayed their visas and have been transferred to immigration detention pending deportation.
The 26-year-old man found at Chicken Cottage was temporarily released and will have to report regularly to the Home Office while his case is considered.
The takeaways were warned that fines of up to £10,000 per illegal worker arrested will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
This is a potential total of up to £20,000 for JFC and £10,000 for Chicken Cottage.
Paul Smith, from the Thames Valley and Surrey Home Office immigration enforcement team, said: “These arrests will act as a stark warning to anyone in Aylesbury who is in the UK illegally.
“We will catch up with you and you will face arrest, detention and removal from the country.
“Illegal working has a negative impact on communities.
“It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.
“We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who break the law should know that they will face financial penalties.
“I would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”
Acting on intelligence, Home Office immigration enforcement officers went to Chicken Cottage at 12.30pm and JFC at 2.15pm.
Workers were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK before the men were arrested.