Butchers face £30,000 fine after raid by the UK Border Agency

Croydon Guardian: The Thornton Heath butchers face a £30k fine The Thornton Heath butchers face a £30k fine

A butchers is facing a potential fine of £30,000 after being raided by the UK Border Agency.

Officers visited Islamabad Halal butchers on High Street, Thornton Heath, early on June 27, and carried out checks on staff to ensure they had the right to live and work in the UK.

Three workers were arrested, two Pakistani men aged 22 and 44, and a 32-year-old Indian man.

Enquiries found the 22 and 32-year-old men had both overstayed their visas, while the 44-year-old is believed to have entered the country by deception.

The business was served with a notice warning it could be fined up to £10,000 for each illegal worker arrested, unless it can prove to the UKBA they correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

Paula Tucker, from the UK Border Agency's Croydon Local Immigration Team, said: "We carry out hundreds of operations like this every year across London and where we find people who are in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them.

"Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, undermining legitimate businesses and taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work.

"We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be done on staff, but those who do break the law should know we are out there looking for them and they will face heavy fines."

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

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1:15pm Fri 29 Jun 12

mr-bjp says...

These Halal shops should all be closed down and the owners deported.
These Halal shops should all be closed down and the owners deported. mr-bjp
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1:43pm Fri 29 Jun 12

Tallulah1 says...

Is this not the same butchers where it all kicked off the other day? Shut the whole place down they are a pain walking infront of your car with a whole dead cow or something slung over their shoulder
Is this not the same butchers where it all kicked off the other day? Shut the whole place down they are a pain walking infront of your car with a whole dead cow or something slung over their shoulder Tallulah1
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3:59pm Fri 29 Jun 12

GR-London says...

Three-down, How many more hundreds-of-thousand
s to go?
Three-down, How many more hundreds-of-thousand s to go? GR-London
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9:59am Sat 30 Jun 12

scottishnproud says...

These shops get raided every few months n they find illegal ppl every time, so giving them fines aint working. Shut them down .
These shops get raided every few months n they find illegal ppl every time, so giving them fines aint working. Shut them down . scottishnproud
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1:21pm Sat 30 Jun 12

ANNE MILES says...

Does not surprise me in the least. And Halal is disgusting. We only use the British butcher supplying good British beef. British beef is now accepted as the safest and best beef on the market.
Does not surprise me in the least. And Halal is disgusting. We only use the British butcher supplying good British beef. British beef is now accepted as the safest and best beef on the market. ANNE MILES
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2:30pm Wed 4 Jul 12

ANNE GILES says...

Halal is cruel and barbaric.
Halal is cruel and barbaric. ANNE GILES
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