TWO suspected immigration offenders have been arrested following an operation in Rhyl.
On Thursday (January 30) at 10.30pm, officers from the Home Office went to the Eastern Delight Indian takeaway on Kinmel Street, Rhyl, where they arrested two Pakistani men, aged 23 and 57.
Checks revealed that the 23-year-old was working in breach of his visa conditions and the 57-year-old had overstayed his visa.
Both men are now in detention while steps are being taken to remove them from the country.
Eastern Delight was served a notice warning that they face civil penalties of up to £10,000 per illegal worker employed.
The penalty will be imposed unless proof is provided by the employer that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
Richard Johnson, from the Wales Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said: “The message to employers in Wales who choose to use illegal labour is clear. We will catch you and you will face a heavy penalty.
“Illegal working has a negative impact on communities. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.
“I would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”
Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit the Home Office website or they can call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.