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Immigration cops raid restaurant in Stanford-le-Hope

HOME Office Immigration Enforcement officers have arrested two immigration offenders from Bangladesh following an operation at a business in Stanford-le-Hope.

Acting on intelligence, officers visited Panahar Restaurant, King Street, shortly after 6pm yesterday (Thursday 1 October). Staff were questioned to establish whether they had the right to live and work in the UK.

Two men, aged 29 and 28, were found to have overstayed their student visas. Both men were detained pending their removal from the UK.

The business was served with a notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker will be imposed unless they can demonstrate that appropriate right to work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.

Immigration Officer Emma Clouting said:

“We are working hard to identify, arrest and remove people who are in the UK illegally. Information from the public is a vital part of this work, and I would urge people with detailed and specific information about suspected immigration abuse to contact us.

“Using illegal labour is not victimless. It cheats the taxpayer, undercuts businesses who play by the rules and deprives legitimate job seekers of employment opportunities. There are simple checks employers can carry out to ensure their employees have the right to work in the UK, but those who ignore the rules will face the consequences.”

Information to help employers carry out checks to prevent illegal working can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/employers-illegal-working-penalties. It includes a new quick answer right-to-work tool to help employers check if someone has the right to work in the UK.

People with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact https://www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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