Shop assistant arrested on suspicion of entering country illegally during raids

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A suspected illegal immigrant was arrested during raids across Sutton on Friday.

The operation saw the South London Home Office Enforcement Team, Trading Standards and the Metropolitan Police, swoop on restaurants and shops in an intelligence-lead operation called Operation Condor.

At Euro Foods and Wines on Bishopsford Road, Sutton, a man who denied working at the shop, despite serving a police officer moments earlier was arrested on suspicion of entering the country illegally.

Trading Standards issued a warning to the Post Office in Hackbridge after the owner failed to display prices of his goods. Jason Hitchcock, one of the borough's Met Police licensing officers said failing to price goods means there is scope for people to be ripped off.

He said: "In some places, shop owners make up prices as they go along. If you are wearing a tie you will be charged more for something than if you are wearing a t shirt. If goods are priced properly, people know what they should be paying for something. I've heard an old lady being charged £15 for shopping one week, and then £20 for exactly the same shopping the week after. It's not on."

The shop now has two weeks to rectify the problem before Trading Standards revisit.

At Belmont restaurant Haweli, one man, who denied being a member of staff, made a run for the door as the agency's arrived. The owner of the restaurant told officers the man did not work there and was just visiting. All the members of staff claimed to be enrolled on a college course, which means they are only allowed to do 20 hours a week.

The restaurant was fined £30,000 in 2007 for having illegal immigrants working on site. Licence holders can be fined £10,000 per illegal immigrant working on their premises.

One member of staff was arrested.

Jill Smith, from the Home Office Enforcement Team, said: "We see a lot of foreign students working in restaurants. Sometimes they are legitimate students, but we see a lot of people enrolled on courses who work full time when they are only supposed to work 20 hours a week."

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7:30am Mon 16 Sep 13

milly3 says...

they really need to look at one shop in sutton high street , i brought a phone from them , it didnt work so i took it back he wouldnt repair it or give me my money back , i am now going to contact trading standards , these shops need to be stopped ...
they really need to look at one shop in sutton high street , i brought a phone from them , it didnt work so i took it back he wouldnt repair it or give me my money back , i am now going to contact trading standards , these shops need to be stopped ... milly3

8:23am Mon 16 Sep 13

annon123 says...

milly3 wrote:
they really need to look at one shop in sutton high street , i brought a phone from them , it didnt work so i took it back he wouldnt repair it or give me my money back , i am now going to contact trading standards , these shops need to be stopped ...
Thats why I never buy anything from these places... these shops are there one week and gone the next and the reason there stuff is chrap, is because it's crap............ and if it does not work, they dont care... that your problem as far as they are concerned.
[quote][p][bold]milly3[/bold] wrote: they really need to look at one shop in sutton high street , i brought a phone from them , it didnt work so i took it back he wouldnt repair it or give me my money back , i am now going to contact trading standards , these shops need to be stopped ...[/p][/quote]Thats why I never buy anything from these places... these shops are there one week and gone the next and the reason there stuff is chrap, is because it's crap............ and if it does not work, they dont care... that your problem as far as they are concerned. annon123

11:14am Mon 16 Sep 13

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

Hawelli - again! Why am I not surprised?

This operation needs to be shut down. Illegal workers are vulnerable and being abused by unscrupulous "employers".
Hawelli - again! Why am I not surprised? This operation needs to be shut down. Illegal workers are vulnerable and being abused by unscrupulous "employers". Mr Flange of Wallington

2:05pm Mon 16 Sep 13

Suttonone says...

Is that the same PC Hitchcock who lied in a recent licensing hearing!?!?
Is that the same PC Hitchcock who lied in a recent licensing hearing!?!? Suttonone

6:27pm Mon 16 Sep 13

Forty_two says...

Why would anyone be surprised.

When the "College" opened for business in London Rd, Cheam in the enormous former Gleeson office, videos were posted on youtube by the "College" telling how the top two floors would be a hostel for new students to stay in, and how students could get a mixture of paid and unpaid work while they "study" I suspected that there might be an increase in illegal workers in the area...

It seems I wasn't wrong.

Google "Visa Achiever" for a news item about it.
Why would anyone be surprised. When the "College" opened for business in London Rd, Cheam in the enormous former Gleeson office, videos were posted on youtube by the "College" telling how the top two floors would be a hostel for new students to stay in, and how students could get a mixture of paid and unpaid work while they "study" I suspected that there might be an increase in illegal workers in the area... It seems I wasn't wrong. Google "Visa Achiever" for a news item about it. Forty_two

10:30pm Mon 16 Sep 13

GreenBrown says...

"Jill Smith, from the Home Office Enforcement Team, said: "We see a lot of foreign students working in restaurants. Sometimes they are legitimate students, but we see a lot of people enrolled on courses who work full time when they are only supposed to work 20 hours a week."

Surely the problem here is that these sort of jobs were once done by young English school leavers etc and now they are done by foreigners, legal or not and as a consequence we have millions of young people without jobs. Another of the benefits of mass immigration to this country over the last few decades.
"Jill Smith, from the Home Office Enforcement Team, said: "We see a lot of foreign students working in restaurants. Sometimes they are legitimate students, but we see a lot of people enrolled on courses who work full time when they are only supposed to work 20 hours a week." Surely the problem here is that these sort of jobs were once done by young English school leavers etc and now they are done by foreigners, legal or not and as a consequence we have millions of young people without jobs. Another of the benefits of mass immigration to this country over the last few decades. GreenBrown

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