‘Illegal worker’ at pizza shop

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A RAID on a pizza shop in Bulwell uncovered a Pakistani man suspected of working illegally after overstaying his visa.

The UK Border Agency visited the Domino’s store on Main Street and the 28-year-old man, who had been employed as a delivery driver, was arrested.

A similar raid on a Domino’s shop in Beeston uncovered a 44-year-old man, also of Pakistani origin, who was arrested as he made pizzas.

Officials say both had expired visas and are due to be deported.

An investigation has been launched to discover whether bosses at the Bulwell branch of Domino’s, which is a franchise, made the correct checks before giving the 28-year-old a job.

But a spokesman for Domino’s says the store carried out the required checks before giving the go-ahead for the suspect to start work.

The spokesman added: “Our Bulwell store is run by an experienced and competent franchisee who carried out all the required checks on the worker concerned and fully complied with the Home Office’s requirements on checking an employee’s right to work.

“We are satisfied he took all reasonable steps and adhered to the correct procedure.

“It just goes to show that even the most experienced operator can fall victim to those who are determined to breach the systems and procedures that responsible employers have in place.”

Chief immigration officer, Phil Rudkin, said: “Raids like this send a clear message to immigration offenders that they can run but they cannot hide.

“If people want to work in the UK they should apply to come here legitimately.

“But if, like these men, they decide to ignore the immigration laws they should be in no doubt that we will find them and look to remove them from the country.”

Anyone with information about suspected illegal immigrants can get in touch with the police on the force’s new non-emergency number, 101.

Alternatively, call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.