Failed asylum seeker arrested at Lincoln Chinese takeaway
A failed asylum seeker was found cowering behind boxes by officials raiding a Lincoln takeaway.
Two Chinese offenders were arrested after a Home Office raid on Links Chinese Takeaway on Newark Road.
Acting on intelligence, Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers visited the premises at 7.30pm on October 10.
Checks found that one member of staff – a 43-year-old man – had overstayed his visa.
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During the search of the upstairs accommodation officers found a second offender – a 22-year-old man from China – hiding behind a stack of boxes. Checks found that he was a failed asylum seeker.
Both men have been detained while work to remove them from the country is carried out, the Home office confirmed.
The takeaway now faces a potential fine of up to £10,000 for the illegal worker unless it can demonstrate that appropriate pre-employment checks were carried out such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.
On the same day as the raid, the Government published the Immigration Bill, which carries proposals to clamp down on illegal working and rogue employers.
These include potentially doubling the maximum penalty for those using illegal labour to £20,000 and making it easier to enforce unpaid debts in the civil courts.
Anyone with information about immigration crime can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org