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Man arrested after UK Border Agency raid on Cardiff chip shop

A 28-year-old man from Pakistan was arrested during a series of raids carried out by immigration officials in Cardiff yesterday.

Eight officers from the UK Border Agency (UKBA) entered a Cardiff fish and chip shop at 2pm as part of a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

The man, who officers believe was in breach of his student visa, was wearing a uniform and standing behind the counter, but denied working at the premises.

Immigration inspector Richard Johnson said: “People tend to think raids only happen at airports, but we carry out operations like this across the country, seven days a week.”

The man was arrested and handcuffed by officers, before being escorted to his house to find his passport and if found guilty, could face deportation.

The Cardiff fish and chip shop was served a notice of liability and could face a fine of up to £10,000.

Throughout the day, officers completed six raids at a number of premises, including two convenience stores.

The UKBA has three teams working in Wales, based in Cardiff, Swansea and Colwyn Bay.

Mr Johnson said intelligence came from a range of sources, including the police, public and other government departments.

He said illegal workers who come to the UK in search of a better life are often exploited by employers, who pay them low wages and put them up in squalid conditions.

A previous raid on an Indian restaurant in North Wales saw Mr Johnson and his team find a man living in a disused walk-in freezer.

Figures obtained by WalesOnline under the Freedom of Information Act earlier this week showed 260 businesses across Wales had been fined more than £2m by the UKBA over the last two years for employing illegal immigrants.

Many of the businesses were Indian and Chinese takeaways, but household names such as Domino’s Pizza, as well as convenience shop chains Lifestyle Express, Nisa, Spar and Costcutter were also fined.

Speaking after the raid, Immigration Minister Mark Harper MP said the government was determined to do more to tackle illegal immigration to create a system that is “firm but fair”.

He added: “We have made substantial inroads in cutting immigration and now have a more selective system that works in our national interest.”

The government is preparing to roll out new policy on immigration including regulation of migrant access to the NHS, greater pressure on landlords to check immigration status of their tenants and the introduction of bigger fines for firms employing foreign workers who do not have the right to work in the UK.

Anyone with information about immigration offenders in Wales can contact the Home Office on 029 2092 4727.

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