AN illegal immigrant is facing deportation after being arrested in a raid on a South Tyneside newsagent’s shop.
The 24-year-old man from India was arrested at Green Lane News in Green Lane, South Shields, on Wednesday evening.
He has been now detained, pending his removal from the UK.
Home Office immigration enforcement officers staged the raid acting on information received from the public.
Staff were questioned to check if they had the right to live and work in the UK.
Immigration officers also raided Gills Fish and Chips, in Front Street, North Shields.
A 45-year-old man, also from India, was arrested for immigration offences. He is also now detained pending his removal from the country.
Both businesses will be served with notices warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 may be imposed for employing illegal workers.
They must provide proof that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.
Diane Sutherland, from the North East & Cumbria Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said: “Employers in the North East who use illegal workers will be caught and will face financial penalties.
“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 the consequences.
“I would urge people with specific and detailed information about suspected illegal working to contact us.”
Information to help employers carry out checks to prevent illegal working can be found HERE.
It includes a new quick answer right-to-work tool to help employers check if someone has the right to work in the UK.
People with information about suspected immigration abuse can report it HERE or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.