Illegal worker deported

A CHINESE worker is being deported after a raid on a Morpeth restaurant.

The UK Border Agency targeted the Treasure Room in Bridge Street last week following intelligence that it could be using illegal labour.

The 28-year-old woman, who was working as a waitress, was arrested on suspicion of entering the country illegally. She is currently being detained and steps are being taken to remove her from the country.

The restaurant was served with a civil penalty, which could be up to £10,000, for employing an illegal worker.

Deputy Director for the UK Border Agency in the North East Wallace Wilson said: “It is vital for businesses taking on foreign staff to ensure that they have permission to work.

“Employers who ignore their responsibilities and do not make the necessary checks are taking jobs away from those entitled to work and face serious financial penalties.

“The UK Border Agency is working hard to tackle illegal working and apprehend immigration offenders and these arrests are just part of an ongoing crackdown across the country.”