Illegal immigrant tries to run during Erith takeaway raid

PUBLISHED: 17:16 09 July 2013

An illegal immigrant tried to run from officers when he was confronted in a Erith takeaway.

The 26-year-old was one of four people detained after raids in two restaurants in the town last Friday (July 5) evening.

It was found the Chinese national was a failed asylum seeker when apprehended at New Beijing City in Brook Street while a woman of the same nationality, aged 22, has overstayed her visa.

At Oceans Fish Bar in Colyers Lane, Erith, two Indian men were arrested the same night - a 25-year-old man for overstaying his visa and a 37-year-old for entering the country illegally.

All those arrested were transferred to immigration detention pending removal from the UK, apart from the 25-year-old who has been placed on immigration bail.

He also faces being removed if found to have no right to be in the UK.

The businesses were served notices warning that a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per illegal worker will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

This is a potential fine of up to £20,000 for each business.

Jill Smith, head of the Home Office immigration enforcement team in South London, said: “This is the latest in a series of operations we have carried out in South London targeting illegal immigration and illegal working and I hope it sends out a strong message, both to those who are here illegally and those who would employ them.

“While we are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, those who do break the law will face the consequences.

“I would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”

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