Trio arrested over immigration offences

Published Friday, 23 November 2012
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Three Chinese men have been arrested for immigration offences while working at a restaurant in Omagh, Co Tyrone.

Trio arrested over immigration offences
The UK Border Agency conducted the searches in Omagh. (© UKBA)

UK Border Agency Officers targeted the Asian Buffet Chinese Restaurant at Gortin Road on Thursday evening.

One man, 22, had overstayed the limit on his visa while the other two men, 23 and 40, had their claims for asylum refused.

A large sum of cash was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act during a follow up search at a residential address in Oakfields, Omagh.

All three are in UK Border Agency detention while steps are taken to remove them from the country.

The Asian Buffet has been issued with a civil penalty notice for employing the illegal workers. The company could be liable for a fine of up to £30,000 if they are unable to provide evidence that legally required checks were made before employing the men.

Janet Wiseman of the UK Border Agency, said: "Foreign nationals who are in this country illegally should be in no doubt that they will be found, arrested and removed from the UK.

"We are sending a simple, clear message to people who are in the country illegally - more raids are planned and you will be caught."

© UTV News
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