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Arrests made in Home Office immigration sting

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

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IMMIGRATION officials arrested two men suspected of working illegally after a sting on two Burton firms.

Officers from the Home Office, the East Staffordshire Local Policing Team and East Staffordshire Borough Council carried out the blitz after receiving a tip-off.

One man was arrested after officials swooped on the Snow White Drip Drop Laundries, in Hawkins Lane.

Another arrest was made at Storm Car Care and Valeting Service, Stapenhill Road. The two men now face deportation.

Sean Flaherty, chief immigration official with the Home Office, told the Mail the operation sent out a strong message to firms which risked employing illegal workers.

He said: “We attended the premises where we encountered two people working without permission.

“The employers now face a fine of up to £10,000 per employee.”

The nationality of the two men has not been revealed.

Five Home Office immigration officials, four police officers and two borough council enforcement officers took part in yesterday’s blitz.

Mr Flaherty added: “We will work with our partner agencies to tackle immigration crime and illegal working to provide a safe environment for the public.”

Sergeant Bob Champeau, who led the police operation, told the Mail the success of the sting was down to different agencies working in partnership.

He said: “Home Office immigration and Staffordshire Police, supported with East Staffordshire Borough Council conducted visits to two premises.

“The visits were a result of information we received and concerns raised from members of the community about illegal immigration and illegal working.

“These visits are part of a partnership commitment to tackle those involved in criminal offences and illegal working to bring them to justice.

“The East Staffordshire Local Policing Team will continue to work with the Home Office and other partners in order to make a real difference to the lives of those affected.”

Sgt Champeau added that anyone with concerns about illegal workers should report them to the authorities on 01782 463607.

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