Takeaway worker tried to flee in border staff raid
AN illegal immigrant working at a Skewen takeaway tried to run off during a Border Agency raid.
Officers said the 35-year-old "tried to flee from the business" as officials swooped on the China Chef in New Road.
The UK Border Agency said the running man was caught and checks revealed him to be a Chinese man who had entered Britain illegally — he was arrested and is currently being held at an immigration removal centre.
As part of the same operation officers raided the Noble Balti House on Pant-yr-Heol, Briton Ferry, and found a Bangladeshi kitchen worker who had overstayed his visa.
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The 32-year-old must report regularly to a police station while work is carried out to remove him from Britain.
Andrew Hogan from the UK Border Agency said: "We are determined to stamp out the problem of illegal working and abuse of the immigration system.
"Employers who take on illegal workers are both fuelling illegal immigration and damaging legitimate businesses who play by the rules.We are sending a simple, clear message to people who are in the country illegally — more operations are planned and you will be caught."
The owner of the Briton Ferry Balti, Tajul Islam, said the worker in question had only been employed by him for two days when he was arrested.
He said he ran a reputable business and had been provided with documents and had requested more from him — then the Border Agency struck
Staff from the agency also raided one of Swansea's highest profile Indian restaurant as part of the operation, which was carried out on Wednesday and Friday.
Four men from Bangladesh were found working illegally in the Patti Raj in St Helen's — a 23-year-old waiter and two kitchen workers aged 27 and 31 had overstayed their visas, while a 40-year-old kitchen worker was working illegally.
The 23-year-old was arrested and is being held in detention awaiting his removal, while the other three men have been ordered to report weekly to a Swansea police station while the authorities arrange emergency travel documents allowing them to be removed from the country and returned to their home.
Amin Shah from the Patti said he was very careful about who he employed, and the workers had provided documentation.
The UK Border Agency is urging anyone with information about people working illegally to come forward.
Can you help? Call the UK Border Agency on 029 2092 4727