A TURKISH man who assaulted an immigration officer during an illegal working operation in Grays has been jailed for 12 months.
Mehmet Tozsu, 24, of Orsett Road, was sentenced when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court. He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to charges of possession of a false ID document with intent, seeking the avoidance of enforcement action by deception and assault.
He will be automatically considered for deportation at the end of his sentence.
Tozsu was arrested on 28 May when Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers, acting on intelligence, visited Turkish Best Kebabs in Orsett Road, Grays.
When Tozsu, whose behaviour during questioning was erratic, was asked for ID he presented a forged Cypriot ID card and when a female officer moved to place him in handcuffs he reacted angrily, grabbing her wrist and shoving her against a wall.
As well as Tozsu, two other immigration offenders were arrested at the premises – Turkish men aged 26 and 23 who had both entered the UK illegally. They are both still detained while work to remove them from the country takes place.
Steve Cleverley, from the Home Office Criminal and Financial Investigations Team, said:
“These arrests are a clear warning to those in Essex abusing our immigration laws. There will be no let up in our work to arrest, detain and remove you from the UK.”
A decision about whether or not Turkish Best Kebabs will face a financial penalty in relation to the three immigration offenders is still to be taken.