TWO illegal workers have been arrested after a Home Office swoop on a South Tyneside take away.
A Home Office Immigration Enforcement team raided China Cook, on Canterbury Street in South Shields, at 6.45pm on Saturday night as part of a region-wide crackdown on illegal workers.
Two Chinese nationals were arrested - a 49-year-old man who was found to be a failed asylum seeker without permission to work and a 26-year-old who had entered the country illegally.
They have been placed on immigration bail while their cases are reviewed.
The business could face a fine of up to £20,000 for emplying illegal workers.
The Home Office acted on intelligence received before carrying out a string of swoops across the north east over the course of a week.
Phillippa Russell, Head of the North East and Cumbria Immigration Enforcement team, said: “We will continue to track down and remove from the country those who abuse our immigration laws. “Employers who use illegal labour are defrauding the taxpayer, undercutting genuine employers and denying legitimate job hunters work. “We’re happy to work with businesses who want to play by the rules but those which continue to flout them will face heavy financial penalties. “I would urge anyone with detailed and specific information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.” Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact https://www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can https://www.gov.uk/check-an-employees-right-to-work-documents or they can call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699. Raids were also carried out at premises in Newcastle, Blyth and Gateshead.