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Takeaway Owner Faces Hefty Fine

Tuesday January 21 2014

A CHINESE takeaway owner faces a £30,000 fine after three members of staff were found to be in the UK illegally.

Immigration officers visited China Dragon on Doncaster Road on January 8 and carried out checks on staff.

A 28-year-old man was found to have overstayed his visa, one aged 45 was a failed asylum seeker and a 46-year-old had entered the UK illegally.

All three have been detained pending their removal from the country.

China Dragon was served with a civil penalty notice.

This means the employer will be fined up to £10,000 per illegal worker - unless proof is provided that the correct right to work checks were carried out.

Anita Bailey, from the Home Office Immigration Enforcement Team, said: "We will track down immigration offenders wherever they are.

"Illegal working isn't a victimless crime - it defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.

"I would urge members of the public with detailed and specific information about suspected illegal working to contact us."

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business or someone is living in the UK illegally can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Reply Posted by Dreathen on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 09:29
But but but but .... China Dragon!
She always sounded so happy when I placed an order!

Reply Posted by Observer on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 09:31
How would anyone know if there are illegal workers at such food outlets?? We go there to be served food. What i have noticed is locally where i live, in the fod outlets there are faces seen iregularly. In that i would assume the owners have more than one outlet and the workers rotate to different shops working different days. Reducing the chances of being caught by the authorities. I would suggest the authorities take this route. As i believe this is the tip of the kceberg.

Reply Posted by sally on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 09:46
Well done authorities keep on top of it all. Its ok to fine the employer. But they will do it again with others. Shut the business down, and ensure the employer never starts another business up. Employers should check all documents. They know these people are illegal and employ them on low wages etc. And get away with it. SO I SAY SHUT THEM DOWN FOREVER.

Reply Posted by ED RADLEY on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 16:20
Brilliant food at a brilliant price. the higher the wages paid out, the higher the food bill when we order. I still order from Papa Ginos & I will keep ordering from China Dragon. these people are hard working and a lot of English people could learn from their work ethic. coming over here, working 16 hour days, buying businesses and running successful businesses. YEAH SHUT THEM DOWN FOREVER??? then what?? send them to James Arthur Street LOL (Benefits Street, play on words there!!!)

Reply Posted by STEVE on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 09:47
Looks like I'll have to order more from them now so they can pay their fine, I love this place :-/

Reply Posted by Lol on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 09:57
Chop chop chop.

Reply Posted by me on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 10:02
it will be the carwash's next

Reply Posted by Adele on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 10:23
Oh thats the same place I witnessed a woman walk out with 3 dogs. Humn hygiene much?!!

Reply Posted by anon on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 10:32
observer youre right there,i live near 1 and the cooks change every few months.see them leave with belongings in a suitcase 2 hours later a new 1 rolls up.and couldnt tell you how many live in flat above .too many to count

Reply Posted by Mr J Rod on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 10:44
I think it's ok to have people working illegally in the UK. Even if they are getting paid a poor wage, their standard of living is better than it is in China. Plus, as a tax payer if rather pay for that than some British born Benefits Street scumbag who won't work for money because they can get it for nothing.

Reply Posted by dan on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 13:02

Reply Posted by Anon on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 10:57
I know 100% of a few other takeaways in town that employ illegal workers I have phoned crime stoppers about 6 times over last few months even giving the names of workers and yet they are still there. UKBA and crime stoppers don't always act on info given to them. I have given up reporting them now so looks like these particular illegal workers I know of will remain in this country illegally.

Reply Posted by JP on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 11:05
I'm with Mr J Rod on this. These people want to work. I say give the 3 of them working visas and deport 3 scroungers currently supping in Chennels or Wetherspoons to China

Reply Posted by Customer on Wednesday January 22 2014 at 06:22
Well said JP. More important Poicing issues to be dealt with before this!!!

Reply Posted by dave wright on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 11:17
every single foreign food outlet should be checked cos theyre avoiding tax n its first place they run to

Reply Posted by Customer on Wednesday January 22 2014 at 06:24
Wud rather them b avoiding tax than claiming asylum seeker benefits

Reply Posted by Sue on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 11:47
At least there willing to work so let em stay nice chinese too

Reply Posted by rainbow on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 13:01
Many of these illegal workers are exploited by these shop owners paying them little or no wages. So perhaps we should give the workers job visas and send the owners back to China.!!!

Reply Posted by Guilty as Sin on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 14:57
Anon is there anything that goes of or anybody in Barnsley you don't know about. I'm glad you don't live near me Smiling Assassin.

I bet you've got a Crime Stopper Account.

Reply Posted by ed radley on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 16:23

Reply Posted by mm on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 22:35
So Anon is a grass and the rest all easily brainwashed by the tory lies.

Reply Posted by anon on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 22:39
All you people that think its allright for illegals to carry on working in the UK? How many of you like me have worked all your life.got to 58 then because of a disability had to stop work and live on disability payments? But these payments now end after 12 months so you're told the payments are about to end because you no longer qualify? So are now living on savings that was suppose to be for your old age pension. Its the disabled thats made to suffer everytime

Reply Posted by me on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 22:50
That just can't be fair. So you arnt going to have the disability in 12months time? This should be looked at and changed. Best wishes anon mate.

Reply Posted by Happy customer on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 23:14
Enjoyed my meal tonight. Thank you China Dragon. Keep up the good work. See you next week for same order :-)

Reply Posted by Wtf on Wednesday January 22 2014 at 00:36
I order from there all time. Lovely people. Lovely food. What the hell bring them back loll, really do like that takeaway

Reply Posted by graz on Wednesday January 22 2014 at 08:14
Lets all break the law live off illegal immigrants and earnings,then bring the country down by not paying tax,and just be selfish.its time the government got on top of all crime in what ever form it may be,and get the country back to its former glory.

Reply Posted by Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know on Wednesday January 22 2014 at 08:58
Come on now graz "its time the government got on top of all crime in what ever form it may be,and get the country back to its former glory." They are too busy lining their own pockets & the pockets of their friends like Total, who get permission to go fracking, when they can't in their own country. No the Tories are too busy with their own best interests to do anything about state of this countries old, disabled & poorly educated kids.

Reply Posted by graz on Wednesday January 22 2014 at 09:19
I know,Mad but we can dream.

Reply Posted by boss on Wednesday January 22 2014 at 12:26
Are we surprised people of Barnsley get a grip. As i walk around town i hear more foreign speaking people, is it such a shock to find out some of them are illegal there,s probably hundreds in our community and this means they can get away with much more than working here e.g CRIME. And really all these people on BENEFIT STREET being victimized for there unfortunate situations its disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!! i have watched the show and find very sad. Even sadder that people think its funny and that it is easy to get up 1 day and find employment, in the last episode at the start a guy had a shaved head and half hour later he had a full head of hair, the show is edited to hell.

Reply Posted by Anon on Friday January 24 2014 at 08:55
Ed radley since when has illegal immigrants paid tax - hence the word illegal. If they paid tax they would be here legally therefore the owner wouldn't be in this situation. Why should my tax I pay from my hard earned wage keep rising to pay for people over populating this country without one thought about a job, drug addicts, alcoholics and least of all immigrants coming taking a job from someone here legitimately to send the money back home instead of putting it into our economy like me and my husband do everyday. I don't mind paying my taxes to help people but when it starts affecting our elderly whose worked all their life and the disabled along with genuine claimants of benefits where they now get next to nothing that's when enough should be enough

Reply Posted by Miss.N on Sunday January 26 2014 at 20:32
Dear Anon complaining about immigrants sending money home,

What would you do if your family was dying of hunger hmm? Imagine a world where there are zero jobs - even low paid ones. You have to find some way of feeding your family as the only alternative is to see them starve to death. So what do you do? Do you sit by and watch them whither or do you do everything in your power including moving miles from home to work in a low paid job where everyone judges you but don't know anything about you? Because you are one of those judgemental arseholes. These people leave the ones they love behind in order to make sure they survive and any caring person would do the same for their family.

So before you go spouting off about them sending money home how about you think what you'd do in their situation? Do you want their dying family on your conscience?

ipso Regulated