Crawley social club faces £80,000 fine after four arrested in immigration raid

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Immigration enforcement officers arrested four people who were working illegally at a sports and social club.

A Home Office spokesman said the Ram Sports and Social Club, Ifield Avenue, could be fined up to £80,000 after eight officers visited it at 7.30pm yesterday (Thursday September 3).

Staff were questioned to establish whether they had the right to live and work in the UK.

A 38-year-old Indian woman, an Indian man, aged 44, and a 36-year-old Pakistani man were found to have overstayed their visas and arrested.

A 39-year-old Indian man had entered the country illegally.

None had the right to work in the UK.

All four people were transferred to immigration detention pending removal from the UK.

The business was served a notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker arrested would be imposed unless the employer could demonstrate that appropriate right to work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document. If proof is not provided, this is a potential total of up to £80,000.

Ceri Williams, from the Kent & Sussex Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said: “These arrests should serve as a warning to businesses in Sussex considering employing illegal workers. Our specialist teams have the resources and expertise to find you and you will be penalised.

“Illegal working is exploitative, cheats the taxpayer and deprives legitimate job seekers of employment.

“We rely on information from the public and I would urge people to report suspected immigration abuse to us.”

Information to help employers carry out checks to prevent illegal working can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/employers-illegal-working-penalties.

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 contact https://www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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