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Immigration officials arrest three

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 26, 2013

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THREE people have been arrested during raids by Home Office immigration enforcement in the Penzance area.

Acting on intelligence received, officers visited Dynasty restaurant at Perranuthnoe, and Little India, in Albert Street, Penzance, on December 12. At Little India, a 29-year-old Bangladeshi man was arrested on suspicion of being in the UK illegally and possessing a false identity document.

He has been released on immigration bail while further investigations take place.

At Dynasty, two people from China found in an accommodation part of the premises were arrested and detained on suspicion of being in the UK illegally.

One of them, a 24-year-old woman, is detained pending her removal from the UK.

The other, a 31-year-old man, was released on immigration bail while his case is progressed.

If he is found to have no right to be in the UK he also faces removal.

Little India was served with a civil penalty notice for employing the illegal worker.

This means the employer will be fined up to £10,000 unless proof is provided that the correct right to work checks were carried out.

No civil penalty was served on Dynasty due to insufficient proof that those arrested were working at the restaurant.

Kenny Chapman, assistant director of Home Office Immigration Enforcement in the South West, said: "These successful operations in Cornwall show that we will track down immigration offenders wherever they are.

"There is no hiding place for people breaking the law and we will seek to remove anyone who we find to be in the UK illegally.

"I would urge members of the public with detailed and specific information about suspected illegal working to contact us."

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  • josdave  |  December 26 2013, 9:35AM

    This is becoming a frequent occurrence. These people are exploiting he illegal immigrants by the ridiculously low wages (who is going to complain?) and denying jobs to people entitled to be in the country. Forget the derisory fines and close them down. That would act as a deterrent to other.

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