ILLEGAL immigrants are today facing deportation after being arrested by Border Agency officers during raids across Blackpool.
Six people were arrested for immigration offences after officers from the UK Border Agency carried out checks on staff in two shops and a hotel.
At Bargain Booze, on Central Drive, officers found a 25-year-old Pakistani man who had overstayed his visa and a 27-year-old Sri Lankan man who was working in breach of his student visa.
Both men were working illegally and arrested at the scene.
In a residential premises attached to the shop, two Sri Lankan men, aged 32 and 34, were found with visas that had expired and were also arrested.
Officers also raided the Welbeck Hotel, on Queen’s Promenade, North Shore, where a 27-year-old Pakistani man was arrested for working in breach of his student visa.
A 69-year-old Pakistani man who had no right to remain in the UK was also arrested at Ladies Fashion, on Bond Street in South Shore.
The six men remain in detention pending removal from the UK.
Both Bargain Booze and the Welbeck Hotel could be fined up to £10,000 per illegal worker unless they can prove to the Border Agency the correct right-to-work checks were carried out on the employees.
Alison Wray, head of enforcement for the UK Border Agency, said: “This was a successful operation unearthing six immigration offenders. The message is clear if you are illegally we will find you, we will catch you and we will remove you from the UK.”