FOUR men were arrested after a UK Border Agency raid on a takeaway.
Three were held suspicion of working in breach of their visa conditions, after officers visited the Golden Fry Takeaway in Cotsford Lane, Horden.
Procedures are now under way to deport the 21, 24, and 27-year-old, along with a 38-year-old man arrested on suspicion of entering the country illegally.
The owner of the business was issued with a civil penalty notice of up to £10,000 per illegal worker.
Wallace Wilson, of the Northumbria Local Immigration Team, said: “The UK Border Agency is determined to stamp out the problem of illegal working.
“This sort of activity places huge strain on the public purse.
“I would urge anyone with specific information about suspected illegal working to contact the Northumbria Local Immigration Team.
“We will continue to make life as difficult as possible for those who seek to cheat the rules. The message could not be clearer.
“If you use illegal labour we will catch you and we will take strong action.”
Golden Fry owner Meeran Sharfi said he would challenge the fine.
He said he had taken the shop over on November 25 and believed papers for the staff already on its books were in order.