Illegal workers found in Sunderland restaurants

Three Sunderland restaurants are facing combined fines of up to £50,000 after foreign staff were found to be working in the UK illegally.

In total, three Chinese men and two Iranian men were arrested by officers from the UK Border Agency.

The agency said Pizzarama in Tunstall Terrace, Pizza Hotline in Derwent Street and Great Wall Chinese takeaway in Southwick Road faced hefty fines.

One man arrested has since claimed asylum but the others face deportation.

Jeremy Oppenheim, UK Border Agency director for the North East, said: "Illegal working exploits vulnerable people and undercuts British wages.

"We are determined to put a stop to employers who don't play by the rules, because as long as there are illegal jobs the UK will be an attractive place for illegal immigrants."

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