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Four arrested following immigration raids in Buon Cibo and the Whip and Collar, Rickmansworth
Immigration officers raided two Rickmansworth eateries on Thursday (January 31) and arrested four members of staff in relation to visa offences.
Staff from UK Border Agency visited Buon Cibo Restaurant in Station Road at 1.30pm and the Whip and Collar pub in Uxbridge Road at 4.45pm.
At Buon Cibo two Brazilian men, aged 34 and 31, were alleged to have overstayed their visas and were taken into detention.
At the Whip and Collar a 31-year-old man found in the rear store room wearing chefs’ whites was identified by officers as a 31-year-old visa overstayer from Uzbekistan.
A 25-year-old man from Uzbekistan, found asleep in the accommodation above the pub, was also identified as an overstayer.
Both men were taken into custody pending deportation to their home country.
Both businesses now face potential fines for employing illegal workers. Buon Cibo could be fined as much as £20,000 and the Whip and Collar as much as £10,000 if they cannot demonstrate that appropriate pre-employment checks were carried out.
UK Border Agency officer, Emma Engutsamy said: "The message for those who are living and working in the UK illegally is clear - we will track you down and remove you from the country.
"Raids like this are carried out regularly and we want offenders to be in no doubt that the net is closing in."