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Arrested men were working illegally

Two foreign nationals are in custody after they were caught working illegally at restaurants in Northern Ireland.

The arrests came after an operation by officers from the Home Office's immigration enforcement team in Co Armagh on Thursday night.

Acting on intelligence, officers visited the Exotic Indian Restaurant in Lurgan and the Shapla Indian Restaurant in Armagh to carry out checks on staff.

At the Exotic on Church Place, a 39-year-old Bangladeshi man who had overstayed his visa was arrested.

Later, at the Shapla Restaurant on Lower English Street, a 35-year-old Bangladeshi man was arrested for the same offence.

The businesses have been given a penalty notice for employing the illegal workers.

Both men are being held in Home Office detention in Larne while steps are taken to deport them.

Mike Golden, a spokesman for the Home Office, said it was a warning to other people in the country illegally.

Belfast Telegraph