Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland takeaway could face £80k fine over illegal staff

By Staff Reporter

A takeaway in Northern Ireland is facing a potential fine of up to £80,000 after four immigration offenders were found working there.

Immigration officers visited Lee Garden on Merchants Quay, Newry, on Saturday.

The business was served a referral notice, warning that a penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker arrested will be imposed unless the employer can demonstrate that right-to-work document checks were carried out.

Mike Golden, from Immigration Enforcement, said: "Those who use and exploit illegal workers face severe financial penalties."

Immigration checks at Lee Garden identified a 52-year-old man and 46-year-old woman from China who had no permission to work. Also identified were a 50-year-old man who had entered the UK illegally and a 45-year-old woman who had overstayed her visa.

They are all now in detention while steps are taken to remove them from the UK.

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