Tuesday, 15 July 2014


Hands On Car Wash, in the car park of Sainsbury's, Kiln Lane, Epsom, was raided by immigration officials.

Sainsbury's is standing by a car wash company which has been raided again and again by immigration officials while washing its customers' cars on its land.

In May, four African workers were arrested by Home Office immigration enforcement officers at the Hands On Car Wash in the car park of Sainsbury's, in Kiln Lane, Epsom.

Three Nigerian workers, aged 38, 44 and 53, have been released on immigration bail while their cases are progressed and one Ugandan worker, 45, has now been released after his claim for asylum was accepted.

At the time of the raid, Sainsbury's said that as its supplier, it was Hands On Car Wash's responsibility to make all of the relevant checks on employees and said it was satisfied that it was doing so.

But the raid on the outfit in Kiln Lane was not the first such swoop on the company in a Sainsbury's car park.

Between August 2009 and May 2014, Hands On Car Wash has been raided at least six times, on the supermarket's land, in Epsom, Wrexham, Burpham, Stratton St Margaret, Folkestone and Ashford.

As a result of these raids, the Home Office has said that two of the company's workers were removed from the UK, nine are reporting to the Home Office while their cases are being progressed, three were given fixed penalty notices for failing to obtain permission to work prior to taking their jobs at Hands On Car Wash, and two have been granted discretionary leave to remain in the UK - although one of these workers has now overstayed his leave and steps are being taken to remove him from the UK. s year, employers which repeatedly employ illegal workers can be fined up to £20,000 per person. 
But they do not have to pay a fine if they can show a valid reason for employing an illegal worker.
Knowingly employing an illegal worker can result in a criminal prosecution, an unlimited fine, and up to two years' imprisonment.
After the raid at Kiln Lane Epsom's MP Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary, said: "I would expect Sainsbury's to be firm with their supplier in saying that if they keep breaking the law, they will not continue with the current arrangements."

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