Illegal workers held in Morley nail bar raid

Immigration officals swooped on Top Nail Queen on Commercial Street.
Immigration officals swooped on Top Nail Queen on Commercial Street.

Three people have been arrested by immigration officials after a swoop on a Morley town centre nail bar.

Home Office immigration enforcement officers visited Top Nail Queen on Commercial Street, Morley last Thursday morning, following a tip-off.

Staff were questioned as to whether they had the right to be in the UK, which led to two Vietnamese men, aged 38 and 40, along with a 43-year-old woman, also from Vietnam, being found to be in the country illegally.

Both men had entered the UK illegally and the woman was found to be a failed asylum seeker. All three were arrested by immigration officers.

The 40-year-old man and the woman have been detained pending their removal from the country.

The 38-year-old man has been released on immigration bail while an application for asylum is considered.

If his application is refused he too faces removal from the country.

The business will now be 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, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.

Assistant Director Anita Bailey, from the Yorkshire and Humber Home Office Immigration Enforcement Team, said: “Illegal working has a negative impact on communities.

“It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.

“We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who break the law should know that they will face financial penalties.

“I would urge members of the public with detailed and specific information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”