UK Border Agency officers caught an illegal immigrant in a Grantham takeaway while they were investigating another man, who was arrested there less than two years ago.
Emperor’s Kitchen, in Westgate, was fined in October 2010 when three illegal immigrants were discovered, one woman and two men.
On August 6 this year one of the men, aged 37, who had been on bail while his case was investigated, was arrested and detained when he reported to Grantham Police Station. Later that day officers paid another visit to the takeaway in order to search for documents to help return him to China.
While at Emperor’s Kitchen, officers caught another Chinese man, aged 33, who was found to be a failed asylum seeker. He was also arrested.
During the search, four passports, which were believed to be counterfeit, were found – three Chinese and a French passport. Officers also found approximately £8,000 in cash at the premises, most of which had been placed on top of a wardrobe. Lincolnshire Police are investigating.
On 7 August, an order was made under the Proceeds of Crime Act at Spalding Magistrates Court authorising the continued detention of the cash.
Both illegal immigrants were detained while action is taken to remove them from the UK.
Rachel Challis, from the UK Border Agency in Lincolnshire, said: “Any foreign national who is in the UK illegally should be in no doubt that they will be found, arrested and removed from the country. Businesses that take on illegal workers face heavy fines and possible prosecution. If you have suspicions about anyone who might be here illegally, please report it.”
Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 anonymously or go to www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/contact/report-crime.