Eleven illegal immigrants found at Dorset businesses

Eleven illegal immigrants have been found in Dorset following a week of raids on businesses by the UK Border Agency.

Officers found the offenders at five different companies in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch - nine were found to be working illegally.

The employers have been served with civil penalty notices.

They could face fines of up to £10,000 for each employee, if found guilty of recruiting them illegally.

The employers have 28 days from when the notices were served to provide evidence that legally-required checks were carried out before giving the workers jobs.

The illegal immigrants are a mix of asylum seekers, people who have entered the UK illegally and people who are in the country legally, but do not have permission to work.

The nine men, aged between 24 and 40, and two women, aged 41 and 47, face deportation.

Jane Farleigh, regional director of the UK Border Agency in Wales and the South West, said: "These successful operations show that our officers will find immigration offenders wherever they are across Dorset and that we carry out frequent operations to track them down."

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