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Penalty notice issued to Melton business after illegal worker discovered

A Melton shop has been issued with a civil penalty referral notice after a visit from Immigration Enforcement officers who discovered someone working illegally.

Nigel's News in Hartopp Road, Melton, was inspected by officials yesterday (Tuesday) who discovered an individual employed without the legal right to work in the UK.

A spokesperson for the Home Office said: " On 18th June 2024, Immigration Enforcement visited Nigel's News, Hartopp Road, Melton Mowbray. A civil penalty referral notice has been issued to Nigel’s News for the employment of one individual without the right to work in the UK.

Enforcement officers inspected the property on Tuesday. Photo: Home Office

Illegal working causes untold harm to our communities, cheating honest workers out of employment, putting vulnerable people at risk, and defrauding the public purse."

Illegal working visits increased by 73% in 2023 compared with 2022 with overall arrests from Enforcement Visits in 2023 more than doubling in comparison with 2022. The Home Office confirmed they are also removing those with no right to be in the UK.

If a penalty remains unpaid, The Home Office engage third-party specialists who use various debt recovery strategies, including legal action, to pursue payment though the courts. 

The civil penalty for employing illegal workers was increased on 13 February 2024, employers can be issued with a penalty of up to £60,000 per worker. The codes of practice, which includes details of the increases is published here: Code of practice on preventing illegal working, in force from 13 February 2024 (

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