A South Tyneside car wash has been served a prohibition notice for dangerous working conditions

Officers from the North East Regional Organised Crime Unit are asking the public to remain vigilant after the employer of a South Tyneside car wash, who employed three illegal workers, has been handed a prohibition notice.

Last Thursday the NEROCU Disruption Team visited the Tyne Dock Hand Wash car wash on Hudson Street, alongside Health and Safety Executive, HMRC, Immigration Enforcement and the GLAA. After concerns were raised over the welfare of staff and their working conditions.

The premises is reported to have had unsafe electrical appliances in use as well as unsafe electrical wiring for two buildings.

The business cannot reopen until the safety concerns have been addressed.

Sergeant Neil Lovat, from the NEROCU Disruption Team said “This is yet another example of the ongoing work with partners to not only safeguard workers but ensure the safety of the public.”

“If you see something suspicious, or you have concerns about someone’s welfare, you should always report it.”

“Under the banner of Operation Sentinel, our initiative to tackle and disrupt serious and organized crime, we will continue to work alongside our partners to identify and protect vulnerable people.”

If you have any concerns about a local business or individuals who you think might be at risk of exploitation, Northumbria police encourage you to contact your local police force via their website or by calling 101.