Three illegal workers arrested at Broch store

Nickel and Dime, Fraserburgh.
Nickel and Dime, Fraserburgh.

Three illegal workers have been arrested following a Home Office Immigration Enforcement operation in Fraserburgh.

The operation, which was carried out in Fraserburgh on May 14 found three workers from Pakistan illegaly working in Nickel and Dime.

The Saltoun Square store was targeted by the Home Office who were acting on inteligence.

Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers visited Nickel and Dime on Saltoun Square on Monday, May 14, in the afternoon.

Checks on the immigration status of staff revealed three men, aged 32, 36 and 41, who had no right to work in the United Kingdom.

They were arrested and have all been detained pending their removal from the country.

The business will be served with a civil penalty notice for employing the illegal workers.

If the employers are unable to provide evidence that legally required pre employment checks were carried out on the men, a fine of up to £30,000 will be imposed.

Adam Scarcliffe, Assistant Director of the Home Office’s Scotland Immigration Enforcement Team, said: “This operation sends a clear message to immigration offenders – there is no hiding place.

“We will seek to remove anyone who we find to be in the UK illegally and carry out operations on a regular basis to track offenders down.

“I would urge members of the public with detailed information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”

Anyone with information about immigration crime can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/preventing-illegal-working/ or they can call the Home Office Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.