Five immigration offenders were arrested at a Saltcoats fast-food takeaway last Tuesday night (December 17) after a joint operation by the UK Border Agency and Police Scotland.
Another offender was arrested at a convenience store in Kilwiining as part of the same operation.
Police and immigration officers raided the Singh is King takeaway in Old Raise Road, Saltcoats, arresting three Indian men, aged 24, 25 and 27. All three were found to have overstayed their visas and were working illegally. Two other Indian men who ran from the takeaway when police and Border Agency officials entered were subsequently detained nearby and were arrested. A 24 year-old had overstayed his visa, while the other man, aged 33, was in the UK illegally.
A 34 year-old Indian man was also arrested at the Keystores in Gagarin Terrace in Kilwinning. An inspection of documents indicated he also was in the country illegally.
The owners of Singh is King and the Kilwinning Keystores have been issued with a notice of potential liability of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker employed. This represents a potential penalty of £50,000 for the Singh is King and £10,000 for Keystores.
Adam Scarcliffe from Home Office Immigration Enforcement said, “'Illegal working undercuts honest employers, defrauds the public purse and cheats legitimate job hunters out of employment opportunities.
“We are happy to work with employers to explain the simple checks that need to be carried out to establish a person's right to work in the UK.
“The message to those who choose to ignore the rules is clear: we will find you and you will face a heavy financial penalty.”