Suspected illegal immigrants found in raids across Sussex

After being found behind the counter of Sussex businesses, illegal workers face deportation. Nineteen people have been detained following raids by officials from the UK Border agency on 11 companies. The firms involved could face fines of thousands of pounds if it is found that they have not being carrying out the correct checks on employees.

Border Agency staff acted on information and visited businesses in Chichester, Crawley, East Grinstead, Eastbourne, Horsham, Hove and Worthing between Thursday and Saturday, finding 18 people working illegally. The 19th person arrested was a 42-year-old man from Bangladesh, and officials detained the man in Worthing’s Teville Road.

Officials from the Border Agency also checked that other employees at the addresses had permission to work in the UK. The maximum fine that companies can face for knowingly employing illegal workers is £10,000. Sixteen people are currently still in jail whilst awaiting deportation, the other three were granted bail.

Information can be found on the home office internet site for employers to make sure that they are not employing illegal workers. You can also telephone the Border Agency Helpline, which is 0300 1234699, for further help and advice.