Clampdown on illegal businesses

A CLAMPDOWN on businesses employing illegal immigrants and operating outside of their license agreements has revealed a number of local offenders.

UK Border Agency officers raided Everyday Stores and the adjoining Everyday Fisheries on Sea Lane, Ingoldmells, on June 19, where they discovered four illegal workers who were detained ready for deportation.

Rachel Challis, from the UK Border Agency’s Lincolnshire local immigration team, said: “We are cracking down on immigration abuse across the county.

“Any foreign national who is in the UK illegally should be in no doubt that they will be found arrested and removed from the country.

“And businesses that take on illegal workers face heavy fines and possible prosecution.”

One of those arrested, a 36-year-old Pakistani man who had overstayed his visa, initially fled the scene but was caught by officers and handcuffed a short distance away.

The others arrested in the raid were three Indian men who were discovered to have been working without the right to live or work in the UK.

The businesses face potential fines of up to £10,000 per illegal immigrant.

Soon after, on June 22, Lincolnshire Police’s licensing team carried out a joint operation with East Lindsey District Council targeting late night businesses serving food and drink after their licensed hours.

A police spokesman said: “Such premises operate beyond the hours permitted by the legislation with no licence and no operating conditions to promote the prevention of crime and disorder.”

A burger van on Sea Lane, Ingoldmells, was caught serving at 1.45am and reported for summons for a section 136 licensing act offence.

A Pakistani employee was also checked for immigration status.