Stockton immigration raids lead to four arrests

Four restaurant workers have been arrested after immigration officers raided two business in Stockton.

Following checks on staff at the Royal Bengal, two Bangladeshi men, aged 33 and 34, were found to have overstayed their visas.

A 53-year-old, also from Bangladesh, was arrested on suspicion of entering the UK illegally.

Officers later arrested a 27-year-old man from Pakistan at the Rendezvous takeaway for overstaying his visa.

Following the raids, on Wednesday, the businesses were served with a penalty notice.

Home Office immigration enforcement officer Martin Thomas said: "Illegal working defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.

"We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who break the law should know that they will face heavy fines."

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