TWO illegal workers face deportation back to Bangladesh after a raid on a Sunderland takeaway.
The men were arrested as part of a Home Office immigration enforcement operation at the Saffron restaurant earlier this week.
Acting on intelligence, officers visited the Fulwell Road shop on Tuesday, and demanded to see identification papers to prove staff were working legitimately.
Checks revealed two employees, aged 21 and 22, had no right to work in the UK.
They were arrested, led from the restaurant, and have been detained pending their removal from the country.
The business now faces being served with a civil penalty notice for employing the illegal workers.
If the employers are unable to provide evidence that legally required pre-employment checks were carried out on the men, a fine of up to £20,000 will then be imposed.
Wallace Wilson, from the Home Office Immigration Enforcement Team, said: “Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, undermining legitimate businesses and taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work.
“We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be done on staff.
“Those who choose to break the law should know that we are out there looking for them and they will face heavy fines.
“I would urge members of the public with detailed information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”
Anyone with information about immigration crime can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.