Northern Ireland

Chinese restaurant faces fine over illegal worker

UK Border Agency
Image caption UK Border Agency officials questioned staff at the Bangor restaurant

A 20-year-old Chinese man is being deported for working illegally in a Bangor restaurant.

Officials from the UK Border Agency raided the China China restaurant in Crosby Street on Wednesday as part of a campaign against illegal immigrants.

The owners of the restaurant could face a fine of up to £10,000 if they are found to have not carried out the necessary checks before hiring the man.

Arrangements are being made to return the man to China.

He had stayed in the UK and continued to work after his visa expired.

Other staff members at the China China restaurant were questioned about their eligibility to work in the UK and the owners were issued with a civil penalty notice for employing an illegal worker.

If they cannot prove they conducted a correct pre-employment check of the man's background - such as asking for a passport of Home Office document - they may be liable for a major fine.

The assistant director of the UK Border Agency in Northern Ireland, Mike Golden, said: "This is the latest in a series of operations we have carried out to tackle immigration crime in Northern Ireland, and more are planned.

"Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work.

"Businesses which operate outside the law should be warned that they will be found and they will be punished."

In September, two men, an Argentinian and a New Zealander, were deported after being found working without the correct clearance in the Fontana restaurant in Holywood.

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