2014-03-11 14:09:32 -
Bombay Mix company busted a second time in immigration raid
Indian food firm gets raided twice in 5 months with a total of 21 immigration arrests made
The firm that boasts it brought the Indian snack "Bombay Mix" to the UK has suffered a second immigration raid in 5 months. UK Snacks Ltd which trades as Nageena says it is "Celebrating 30 years in production of traditional Indian style snacks". It will probably not be celebrating losing a total of 21 staff members to raids by the British Home Office Enforement Unit, nor an additional £60,000 fine.
Illegal workers from Pakistan were arrested at their factory in Leyton following an operation by Home Office immigration enforcement.
Acting on intelligence, officers visited UK
Snacks Ltd, Orient Way, at 11.30am on Wednesday 5 March. Individuals were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
Three individuals tried to evade capture by hiding behind boxes and a further person attempted to run away. All four were stopped by officers.
Officers arrested six men at the factory. Five, aged between 25 and 49, were found to have overstayed their visas, while a 22-year-old was working in breach of his visa conditions.
Officers then arrested three male immigration offenders during subsequent house searches in the area: a 30-year-old at an address in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, found to be working in breach of his visa conditions; a 35-year-old found to have overstayed his visa at an address in St James’ Street, Walthamstow, and a 34-year old who had also overstayed his visa at an address in Hibbert Road, Walthamstow.
All those arrested have been detained pending removal from the UK, apart from the man arrested in St James’ Street. He has been placed on immigration bail and also faces removal if found to have no leave to remain.
The business was served a notice warning that a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per illegal worker arrested will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out. This is a potential total of up to £60,000.
This is the second time in less than a year officers have carried out an operation at this location. In October 2013 12 illegal workers were arrested there.
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