Workers face deportation after Barking raid

Raid: Six men were arrested at White Town Laundry in River Road, Barking

Raid: Six men were arrested at White Town Laundry in River Road, Barking - Credit: Archant

Border chiefs arrested suspected illegal immigrants in a raid on commercial laundry company yesterday.

The six men believed to be from Bangladesh could face deportation after the operation at White Town Laundry Ltd in River Road, Barking.

White Town Laundry, which supplies cloths and linen to caterers, declined to comment but border chiefs warned the company could also land fines of up to £10,000 for each employee proven to have stayed illegally in the country.

Border Agency assistant director Steve Fisher said: “This is the latest in a series of raids we’ve carried out in east London and more are planned in the future. “For those who are in the country illegally there is no hiding place.”

An agency spokesman added: “White Town Ltd was issued with a notice warning the business could now face a fine of up to £10,000 per illegal worker unless they can prove to the UK Border Agency that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out on the men.”

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