Three illegal workers arrested at takeaway
Three foreign nationals have been arrested after they were found to be working illegally at a Chinese takeaway in Belfast.
Two women and one man were taken into custody after immigration officials raided the Elements Chinese takeaway on the Antrim Road, north Belfast.
The three workers, believed to have been kitchen staff, were held at Antrim police station last Thursday after they were found to be in Northern Ireland illegally with no right to work.
A 33-year-old Chinese man remains in detention while arrangements are made to remove him from the United Kingdom. Two women, aged 43 and 47, who have made claims for asylum were released while officials inquire into their circumstances.
The women were ordered to report weekly to the UK Border Agency office in Belfast until their claims have been processed. They are forbidden from returning to work.
The Border Agency said that a civil penalty notice has been issued to the takeaway for employing the illegal workers.
Management from the Elements Chinese takeaway were not available for comment.