UK Border Agency: Three illegal workers found at Newport restaurant
PUBLISHED: 17:37 28 April 2011
OFFICERS from the UK Border Agency raided an Indian restaurant in Newport and found three illegal workers last night (Wednesday, April 27).
Members of the local immigration team for Herts and Essex carried out an intelligence-led visit at Radhuni in the High Street shortly before 6pm.
Checks revealed that three members of staff were in the UK illegally and had no permission to work. The UK Border Agency is now working to remove the three Bangladeshi men – aged 36, 29 and 26 – from the country.
The restaurant could face a potential fine of up to £30,000 – £10,000 per illegal worker – if it cannot prove that legally-required checks were carried out before the men were employed.
Immigration officer Debra Johnson said: “By law, employers must check that their staff have the right to work in the UK and we are happy to provide help for people who want to play by the rules.
“Our enforcement visits are always based on information received and we appeal to the public to let us know when they have information about suspected immigration offenders.”
Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk or they can call the UK Border Agency’s employers helpline on 0300 123 4699.
Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.