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Sri Lankan arrested in UK

2013 Oct 10

A Sri Lankan man was among six individuals arrested in Lancashire, England for immigration offenses, the British High Commission in Colombo said today.

The 38-year-old man was arrested for overstaying his visa. He had also been working illegally at a shop in the area. The five others arrested were from India and Bangladesh. They were arrested by a Home Office immigration enforcement team which had been acting on intelligence.

All six will remain in immigration detention pending removal from the country.

The businesses where the illegal workers were found were handed civil penalty notices. They will be fined up to £10,000 per illegal worker unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

“Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, undermining legitimate businesses and taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work. These arrests are also a stark warning to anyone who is in the UK illegally. We will catch up with you and you will face arrest, detention and removal from the country,” Assistant Director Colin Berrington, from the Home Office’s North West Immigration Enforcement Team, said. (Colombo Gazette) 

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