Sheffield firms warned against employing illegal workers


Employers in Sheffield are being urged to check their staff are eligible to work in the country, after immigration officers made two arrests.

Two men, aged 22 and 29, originally from China, were arrested in the Sang Lung Chinese takeaway, Langsett Road, Hillsborough, as part of a Home Office operation. Checks found the younger man had remained in the country for longer than his visa permitted, while the other had entered the UK illegally.

Both were arrested and are now being detained pending their removal from the country.

The Sang Lung was warned that a £10,000 fine per illegal worker could be imposed unless proof is provided that legally-required right-to-work checks had been carried out.

Assistant director Anita Bailey from the Yorkshire and Humber Home Office Immigration Enforcement team said: “These arrests send a clear message to those in the UK illegally – we will find you, and you will face arrest and removal from the country.

“Businesses should also be aware they have a duty to check their staff have permission to work in the UK.

“We are happy to work with employers who play by the rules, but those who do not can expect enforcement visits and financial penalties.”

n Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers should visit, or call 0300 123 4699.

n To report immigration abuse call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.