Man (26) discovered working illegally

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A GROCERY store in Arbroath is facing a large fine after an employee was found to be working there illegally.

Acting on intelligence, UK Border Agency officers targeted the Costcutters store in Fisheracre, Arbroath, on Thursday morning to question staff and ensure they had the right to work in the UK.

After the immigration status of staff was checked, a 26-year-old Nepalese man was discovered to be working illegally. He was arrested and is currently being detained while steps are taken to remove him from the UK.

The business has been issued with a civil penalty notice for employing the illegal worker. If the employers are unable to provide evidence that legally required checks were carried out before giving him a job they may be liable for a fine of up to £10,000.

Phil Taylor, regional director of the UK Border Agency in Scotland and Northern Ireland, said: “We will not tolerate illegal working which threatens to damage our communities. It undercuts wages and exploits vulnerable workers. The UK Border Agency will act on intelligence to target those businesses which ignore the rules and remove those with no right to be in the UK.

“This operation is part of an ongoing clampdown on illegal working in Scotland to reduce the attractiveness of the UK to illegal immigrants. If people ignore our immigration laws, we will find them and remove them from the country.”

Every year, the UK Border Agency imposes civil penalties on thousands of companies which failed to carry out legally-required checks on their staff. Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/advice-for-employers or they can call the UK Border Agency’s Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.