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Illegal Chinese worker held in restaurant raid

An illegal worker has been arrested and detained after being found in a Bangor restaurant during a raid by officers from the UK Border Agency.

The enforcement operation was carried out on Wednesday evening as part of a nationwide campaign by the agency to tackle immigration crime.

According to the sgency, its officers targeted the China China Restaurant in Crosby Street to question staff and ensure they had the right to work in the UK.

Following checks on restaurant employees, a 20-year-old Chinese man was arrested for illegally working and staying in the UK after his visa had expired. He is being detained while steps are being taken to remove him from the UK.

The agency said if employers are unable to prove they conducted the correct pre-employment checks before giving the man a job they may be liable for a fine of up to £10,000.

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can call the UK Border Agency’s Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.

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