Three detained after immigration raid on Frinton restaurant
Three Bangladeshi men were arrested following an immigration raid on a Frinton restaurant.
Immigration Enforcement officers visited the British India restaurant in Connaught Avenue at around 6pm last night.
Staff were interviewed to ensure they had the right to live and work in the UK.
A 26-year-old man, who was stopped as he attempted to leave the rear of the restaurant, had overstayed his student visa. He was detained while steps are taken to remove him from the country.
Two men, aged 31 and 37, were found to have entered the UK illegally. They have been released on immigration bail and must report to the Home Office while their cases are progressed.
None of those arrested had the right to work in the UK.
The business now faces a potential penalty of up to £60,000 – £20,000 per illegal worker found – unless the employers can demonstrate the correct right to work checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work.
Immigration Officer Emma Clouting, of Immigration Enforcement, said: “It is easy for businesses to carry out employment checks and those with appropriate records have nothing to fear from Immigration Enforcement.
“However, those who either knowingly employ immigration offenders or who have a lax attitude towards the legally required checks should expect a visit.
“Our efforts to tackle illegal working will not stop. Using illegal labour is not a victimless crime. It defrauds the Treasury, undercuts honest businesses and cheats legitimate job seekers of employment opportunities.”
“These are the latest in a series of recent arrests we have made on illegal working operations in north-east Essex. This visit, like the others, was intelligence-led and I would urge anyone with detailed and specific information about suspected immigration offences to get in touch.”
Anyone with information about illegal working or non-compliant employers should report this to the Home Office at www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.