Four arrested in Berkshire illegal working operations
Source: UKBA
Immigration enforcement officers have arrested 4 illegal workers following operations in Sandhurst and Reading.

Acting on intelligence, officers visited Premier-Newsboy, High Street, Sandhurst, on Wednesday 18 December 2013; and Reading businesses Rahim Stores, Wokingham Road, and Kebabish Original, London Road, on Thursday 19 December. Individuals were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK.

At Premier-Newsboy, which was visited at 17:30, they arrested a 25-year-old Sri Lankan man who had overstayed his visa.

Officers arrested 2 Pakistani men at Rahim Stores, which was visited at 13:20. An 18-year-old had overstayed his visa while a 28-year-old was found to be working in breach of his visa conditions. They also arrested a 32-year-old Pakistani man who had overstayed his visa at Kebabish, which was also visited at about 13:20.

All those arrested were transferred to immigration detention pending removal from the country.

The businesses were served notices warning that civil penalties of up to £10,000 per illegal worker arrested will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out. This is a potential total of up to £10,000 each for Premier-Newsboy and Kebabish, and £20,000 for Rahim Stores.