A series of raids in Devon, carried out by the UK Border Agency and police, have netted 11 illegal workers to start off the New Year.
3rd of January saw officers raid Dada Indian Cuisine, Parkside Road, Paignton. 3 men - 2 from Bangladesh and 1 from Pakistan - were found to be working illegally there.
Same day, still Paignton, and this time Vindaloo on Torquay Road. A Bangladeshi illegal worker was apprehended.
January 5 saw the Red Rose, North Street, Exeter scene to a raid in which offenders attempted to escape via the roof.
After assistance from a police helicopter, 3 Bangladeshis were arrested. Another Bangladeshi was found in accommodation of the premises. All 4 are believed to have entered the UK illegally.
Next up Sidmouth, and Silver King on the High Street. 2 Chinese men were found working illegally, one of whom had overstayed his visa, the other who had stayed on after an asylum claim had been rejected.
Finally Napoli Pizza, Bampton Street, Tiverton. Here an Iranian woman was discovered to be working illegally, and she was bailed on condition she reports weekly to a police station.
"Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, undermining legitimate businesses and denying job opportunities to those who are genuinely allowed to work" said Jane Farley, regional director of UKBA in the South West.
A promising start to the New Year, although it's just the tip of the iceberg as we have said before the UK is a magnet for illegal workers from the world over, and seemingly there is no shortage of employers willing to give them jobs.