Illegal Afghani immigrant and Iranian worker caught at Sunderland pizza shop

General view of Solo Pizza, Ethel Terrace, Castletown in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD
General view of Solo Pizza, Ethel Terrace, Castletown in Sunderland Picture: DAVID WOOD
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A man faces deportation after immigration officers visited a Wearside takeaway

Officers from the Home Office Immigration Enforcement visited Solo Pizza, in Ethel Terrace, Castletown, on Wednesday, acting on intelligence that people with no right to be in the UK were employed at the business.

A 31 -year-old man from Afghanistan was found to be in the UK illegally.

The man, who was not working at the business, was arrested and is now detained pending his removal from the country.

A second man, aged 31, and from Iran, was caught working without permission.

He was told to stop working, but was not arrested due to an outstanding application under consideration by the Home Office.

If the application is refused he also faces removal from the country.

Solo Pizza was served a notice for employing the Iranian man, meaning they are liable for a penalty of up to £20,000, unless evidence is provided that pre-employment checks were carried out.

Phillippa Russell, from the North East & Cumbria Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said: “We are working hard to arrest and remove those who abuse the UK’s immigration system. Using illegal labour is not a victimless crime.

“It cheats the taxpayer, undercuts businesses who ply an honest trade and deprives legitimate job seekers of employment opportunities.

“Those who choose to ignore the rules will face the consequences.”

Information to prevent illegal working is at www.gov.uk/government/collections/employers-illegal-working-penalties.