Illegal workers arrested after Harrogate pizza shop raids

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Illegal workers from Pakistan have been arrested in raids at a Harrogate Domino’s Pizza branch.

Home Office enforcement teams who carried out the raids at the Knaresborough Road branch on Friday night found two men aged 28 and 31, who had overstayed their visas, and a 27-year-old man believed to have entered the country illegally.

All three were detained and are now set to be deported, while the franchisee could be forced to pay a fine of £10,000 unless they can prove the correct pre-employment checks were carried out.

A second raid that same night, at Domino’s Pizza in Moortown, Leeds, resulted in three further arrests.

Two men who had overstayed their visas, aged 21 and 30, were detained pending removal from the country while the third man, aged 24, has been bailed pending further checks.

Acting assistant director Julie Curle, from the Home Office’s regional immigration and enforcement team, said: “Our teams carry out visits like this in Yorkshire almost every day, with more planned in the future.”

Ministers have unveiled plans to toughen civil penalties against businesses employing illegal migrants.