24 illegal workers arrested in raids on restaurants

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TWO dozen people have been arrested for working illegally at Scottish restaurants.

Twelve people were arrested by immigration enforcement officers in Tobermory on Mull, six in Glasgow and six in Grantown-on-Spey, the Home Office said.

The raids followed the detention of almost 140 people around the UK this week, prompting criticism by the Equality and Human Rights Commission of the operations and the government’s “Go Home” advertising campaign.

All the establishments will get civil penalty notices of up to £10,000, while the individuals will either be deported or have to report to immigration offices until their applications to stay are considered.

A total of 139 people were arrested in London, Durham, Manchester, Wales and Somerset on Thursday, following the controversial ad campaign and stop-and-check operations near London train stations.

Immigration Minister Mark Harper said: “We are sending a clear message to employers who choose to use illegal labour – we will find you and you will pay a heavy penalty.

“We will not allow the growth of a shadow economy for illegal migrants.”