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Three arrested in immigration enforcement raid at dry cleaners in Pinner
Three men have been arrested for working illegally following a raid by immigration enforcement officers.
The men, all from Pakistan, were taken into custody after Home Office immigration staff visited Star Dry Cleaners in Marsh Road, Pinner, this morning.
Officers in three vans arrived at the scene just after 10.20am and questioned staff in the shop to check if they had the right to work in the UK.
A 21-year-old man and a 33-year-old were found to have overstayed their visas and a 50-year-old man was arrested after it was found he entered the country illegally.
The owner of the business was served with a warning and could face a fine of up to £10,000 per illegal worker unless he can provide proof that right-to-work checks were carried.
Dick Stratton, from the West London Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said: “Illegal working defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.
“We are sending a clear message to employers who choose to use illegal labour: we will find you and you will pay a heavy penalty. We will not allow the growth of a shadow economy for illegal migrants.
“We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who break the law should know that they will face financial penalties."
All three of the arrested men were transferred to an immigration detention centre pending their removal from the country.
The Home Office immigration enforcement command was created earlier this year after Home Secretary Theresa May announced the UK Border agency would be split in two, with a law enforcement agency and an immigration and visa service.
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