SIX illegal immigrants have been found employed at businesses in North Devon as part of an ongoing crackdown targeting illegal working. Officers from the UK Border Agency visited businesses in Ilfracombe and Barnstaple after receiving intelligence of ille

SIX illegal immigrants have been found employed at businesses in North Devon as part of an ongoing crackdown targeting illegal working.

Officers from the UK Border Agency visited businesses in Ilfracombe and Barnstaple after receiving intelligence of illegal workers there.

They went to Ilfracombe Tandoori at 13-14 High Street, Ilfracombe, and checked the immigration status of staff.

Four Bangladeshi men were found to have no legal right to be employed in the UK. Two had stayed in the country illegally after their visas expired while two other men had entered the UK illegally.

Two were arrested and taken to Barnstaple police station for further questioning and the others were dealt with at the scene.

All have now been placed on immigration bail and must report regularly to a local police station while the UK Border Agency takes steps to remove them from the country.

Officers then travelled to Barum Takeaway at 1a Queen House, Queen Street, Barnstaple.

There they found two illegal workers from Turkey - a 33-year-old kitchen worker and a 40-year-old delivery driver. Both had entered the UK illegally.

The pair were arrested and taken to Barnstaple police station before being placed on immigration bail while the agency secures the emergency travel documents necessary to remove them from the country.

Both businesses are being served with a Notice of Potential Liability for employing illegal workers.

If the employers are unable to provide evidence that legally-required checks were carried out before giving the workers jobs - such as asking for a passport or another Home Office document - they will face a fine of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker.

The raids coincide with a large-scale UK Border Agency advertising campaign warning bosses of the heavy fines if caught employing illegal workers.

Jane Farleigh, Regional Director of the UK Border Agency in Wales and South West, said: "These raids are part of an ongoing clampdown on illegal working to reduce the attractiveness of the UK to illegal immigrants. Anyone who takes on a foreign national without permission to work in the UK is breaking the law, undermining law-abiding businesses and faces a big fine.This year alone we've issued fines worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to dozens of businesses across the South West. There are strict rules about which foreign nationals can get a job in the UK and businesses have a clear responsibility to carry out the right checks."

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business in Devon can contact the UK Border Agency on (01752) 275161.