Restaurant raided in Sheffield

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Five restaurant workers have been arrested in Sheffield in a crackdown on illegal immigration.

Home Office staff raided the Mirpuri Dhera Indian restaurant on Staniforth Road, Darnall, on Saturday night and found five Pakistani men in the country illegally.

The men, aged between 20 and 39, were arrested and are now detained pending their removal from the country.

One of the men, who was working as a chef, tried to flee via the roof but was apprehended by officers.

Restaurant bosses are to be served with a civil penalty notice for employing the five illegal workers, which could land them with fines of up to £10,000 per illegally-employed worker unless proof can be provided that checks on their eligibility to work were carried out.

The Government is considering increasing the fine to £20,000 per worker in the future.

Immigration Minister Mark Harper said: “Illegal working encourages illegal immigration, undercuts legitimate businesses and is often associated with exploitation.

“The existing illegal working regime isn’t simple enough; the penalties have remained the same since 2008 and don’t provide a sufficient deterrent. It is also too easy for companies to evade paying them.

“New legislation will increase the penalties for rogue businesses, make it easier to enforce payment, while also making it easier for legitimate businesses to verify individuals’ right to work.”

The Home Office operates a helpline and website to provide employers with support and advice to avoid them falling foul of the law.

Anyone with suspicions about people working in the country illegally can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 to report them.

Employers should call 0300 1234699 for advice.