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Illegal immigrants arrested in swoop on city restaurant.

Byline: NICK MCCARTHY Crime Corresponent @Brum_Mail_Crime

IMMIGRATION officers have arrested three illegal immigrants in a raid on a restaurant in Sparkhill which could now be fined up to PS60,000.

Officers, acting on intelligence, swooped at the Shabab restaurant, in Ladypool Road, on a Thursday night earlier this month.

Staff were questioned to check if they had the right to live and work in the UK and officers, working alongside colleagues from West Midlands Police, arrested three men.

Officers said those arrested included a 28-year-old Pakistani man who had overstayed his student visa, a 29-year-old Pakistani and a 36-year-old Afghan man, both of who had entered the UK illegally.

All three men were detained and will be removed from the UK in due course.

The Home Office said Shababs will also be served a notice warning that a civil penalty of up to PS20,000 per illegal worker found could be imposed.

The business will be liable to pay the penalty unless they can demonstrate that the correct pre-employment checks were carried out such as seeing a Home Office document confirming permission to work. No-one was immediately available for comment from the restaurant.

Carol Scarr, from West Midlands Immigration Enforcement, said: "Our teams are well resourced to tackle illegal working and employers who choose to use illegal labour should expect a visit.

"Illegal working cheats the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and means legitimate job seekers are denied opportunities.

"I would urge people to report suspected illegal working to us, as information from members of the public is vital."

Anyone with information can report it at or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Immigration Enforcement is an operational command of the Home Office responsible for enforcing immigration law. Information to help employers carry out checks to prevent illegal working can be found at

The site includes a quick answer right-to-work tool to help employers check if someone has the right to work in the UK.

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Date:May 26, 2016
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