TWELVE people were arrested following a UK Border Agency raid on a sandwich-making factory in Southall last week.
Officers swooped on premises belonging to Devi Foods on the Dokal Industrial Estate, Hartington Road last Thursday (March 1).
All twelve employees working at the site were arrested for immigration offences, two as they attempted to flee the building. The eight men and four women were all Indian nationals.
Ten were arrested for working in breach of their visa conditions, one was in the country illegally having overstayed their visa and the other was found to have gained leave to remain by deception.
Eleven are now in detention pending their removal from the UK, while one woman has been granted immigration bail while the UK Border Agency deals with her case.
Their employer could now face a fine of up to £120,000 – £10,000 per illegal worker – unless proof is provided to the UK Border Agency that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
Tanup Gadhia, head of the UK Border Agency’s Ealing Local Immigration Team, said: “This is the latest in a series of raids in Ealing borough and more are in the pipeline.”