Taste of India faces £30,000 fine following arrest of three illegal workers (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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Taste of India faces £30,000 fine following arrest of three illegal workers
AN INDIAN restaurant faces a fine of up to £30,000 after three illegal workers were arrested during a Home Office operation in Basingstoke last night.
The two Bangladeshi men, aged 28 and 29, and a 31-year-old Burmese man, were taken away by immigration enforcement officers who were acting on intelligence.
They visited Taste of India, in Burnaby Close, South Ham, at 5.45pm, when the individuals were questioned to see if they had the right to be in the UK. The two Bangladeshi men were found to have overstayed their visas while the Burmese man had entered the country illegally. They were transferred to immigration detention pending their removal from the UK.
Taste of India was served a notice warning that a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per illegal worker found will be imposed, unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
Carla Johnson, head of the South Central Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said: “Our enforcement teams carry out operations like this almost every day in Hampshire and we have no intention of slowing down.
“These arrests are a stark warning to anyone who is in the UK illegally. We will catch up with you and you will face arrest, detention and removal from the country.
“If you are a business you must carry out the correct checks on your staff or you could end up with a heavy fine.”