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Two illegal workers arrested after raid on Banbridge's Gaze restaurant

Two illegal workers have been arrested and face deportation after they were found working in a Chinese restaurant in Banbridge.

The Gaze restaurant is now facing a potential financial penalty of £20,000 after it was found to be employing the pair who were discovered during an operation carried out by a Home Office immigration enforcement team.

A statement said the operation was carried out at the Newry Street business last Thursday after intelligence was received.

"Officers arrested the two men, a 46-year-old who had entered the country illegally and a 24-year-old who had overstayed his visa, a Home Office statement said.

"Both are now in Home Office detention while steps are taken to remove them from the country."

The business was served with a notice warning that a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per illegal worker found will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

Mike Golden, from the Northern Ireland Immigration Enforcement Team, said: "Illegal working is not a victimless crime. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities."

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