Aroma Spice Restaurant in Bourne has had its alcohol premises licence revoked by South Kesteven District Council.
A licence review hearing was held yesterday and following the evidence presented by Lincolnshire Police Alcohol Licensing Department the decision to permanently revoke the licence was made by the Alcohol Licensing sub-committee.
The decision of the Licensing Committee means that Aroma Spice will no longer be able to sell any alcoholSergeant Kimble Enderby
This follows a visit on January 15 by officers from the Alcohol Licence Department and Home Office Immigration Unit. Acting on intelligence, officers attended and searched the restaurant. All four members of staff working were found to be illegal immigrants being unlawfully employed. They had been working at and living above the premises, involved in all aspects of food preparation and serving customers.
The committee agreed with police that the restaurant was undermining the licensing objectives in relation to the prevention of crime and disorder. They stated they were concerned that despite the men being employed at the venue regularly for a number of months, none of the simple checks had been made on their entitlement to work or immigration status by the licence holder.
The committee were satisfied that the police evidence showed the licence holder was aware they were illegally in the country but employed them regardless of that knowledge.
Sergeant Kimble Enderby said: “These joint agency operations are all intelligence-led, involving premises where we have received information that persons are being illegally employed at the venue.
“The decision of the Licensing Committee means that Aroma Spice will no longer be able to sell any alcohol and must cease selling food after 11pm. The premises has 21 days to lodge an appeal against the decision. If this is not made the revocation becomes active and the premises licence is removed.
“Lincolnshire Police Alcohol Licensing is committed to the investigation, detection and prevention of all offences associated with or around licensed premises.
“This includes illegally employing workers and the exploitation of workers, as well as ensuring the safety of members of our communities using these venues. We would actively encourage members of the public to come forward with any information of this kind, either by contacting the police direct or ringing Crimestoppers anonymously.”