Illegal workers have been caught following raids at a takeaway and a shop.
Three men are now in a detention centre after immigration officers from the UK Border Agency swooped on the restaurant and the convenience store.
The workers, from Pakistan and Bangladesh were discovered during raids at Cinnamon Spice takeaway in Whalley Road, Accrington and Premier Shop in Oswaldtwistle’s Union Road on Thursday, April 4.
Enforcement officers found a 36-year-old man from Pakistan, who had not left the UK when his visa expired, working illegally at the Premier Shop on Union Road.
Another visit by officers to Cinnamon Spice, Whalley Road, revealed two Bangladeshi men working illegally. Checks showed one, aged 31, had not left the UK when his visa expired, the other, aged 42, had entered the UK illegally.
All three men were arrested and remain in immigration detention while steps are taken by the Home Office to remove them from the UK.
Colin Berrington, from the Home Office immigration enforcement team in Lancashire, said he is determined to stamp out abuse of the immigration system.
He said: “We want the public to contact us if they have any information on businesses or people who are breaking immigration law.
“Employers who take on illegal workers are both fuelling illegal immigration and undercutting businesses which play by the rules.”
Both businesses have been handed penalty notices for employing illegal workers.
To avoid fines of up to £10,000 per employee evidence must be provided that the correct pre-employment checks were made on the men – such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.
Anyone with information about immigration crime can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.