Restaurant to face £50k bill for illegals

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Five illegal workers were found in a police and Home Office Immigration swoop on the Curry Inn at Quadring on Thursday.

Home Office Immigration Enforcement say the restaurant could now be left with a fine of up to £50,000 – £10,000 for each man – unless its bosses can prove that pre-employment checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.

Checks found that three members of staff were visa “overstayers” from Bangladesh – all three men, aged 24, 28 and 32 have been taken into immigration detention pending their removal from the UK.

Two other Bangladeshi men, aged 36 and 38, had outstanding immigration applications which did not entitle them to work in the UK. They were escorted from the premises but not detained as they were entitled to be in the country.

Four immigration officers, supported by three police officers, visited the restaurant in Main Road just after 6.30pm.

Home Office Immigration Enforcement said the restaurant closed for the evening.

But it has since been open for its restaurant and takeaway customers.

Rachel Challis, from Home Office Immigration Enforcement, said: “Where we find people who are in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them.

“But we are also looking to target the employers who take on illegal workers and encourage illegal immigration in the process.

“We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be done on staff, but those who choose to break the law will face heavy financial penalties.

“I would urge anyone with specific and detailed information about suspected illegal working to get in touch.”

Police say the illegal workers came from various addresses in Cambridgeshire, Hampshire and Cheshire.