Arrests follow immigration raid
Four men from Bangladesh have been arrested by the UK Border Agency.
Officers targeted Cinnamon Tree, Radway Place, Sidmouth, after receiving information about possible illegal workers.
Immigration checks on staff revealed that three men – aged 25, 27 and 28 – had entered the UK illegally while a 23-year-old was working illegally in breach of his visitor visa.
The four were arrested and taken to Launceston police station and are due to be transferred to immigration detention to await removal from the UK.
Richard Taylor, of the UK Border Agency, said: "We will not accept foreign nationals who break our immigration laws and are carrying out frequent operations across Devon. I hope operations like these send out the message that we will not tolerate illegal working. Employers who take on illegal workers are both fuelling illegal immigration and damaging the majority of legitimate businesses who play by the rules."
Cinnamon Tree faces penalties of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker unless evidence is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were made on the staff before they were employed.
Every year, the UK Border Agency imposes civil penalties on hundreds of companies which fail to carry out legally-required checks on their workers.
The Agency provides support to employers so they can understand the rules, including visits by staff, a dedicated telephone helpline and website. Anyone who has information on suspected immigration offenders can visit http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/contact/report-crime/