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Employers: Four immigration offenders caught at a Walderslade restaurant in Kent

27 February 2013

Following a UK Border Agency raid, 4 men from Bangladesh, have been caught working illegally at a restaurant in Walderslade, Kent.

Acting on intelligence received, officers visited Taj Cuisine, Walderslade Road, on Saturday 23 February.

Checks on the staff working there found that 2 of the men aged 31 and 41 had entered the UK illegally, while a 30-year-old was working in breach of his visa conditions.

All 3 were arrested and remain in immigration detention pending their removal from the UK.

A fourth man... was found working illegally in the restaurant. He was escorted from the business and must report regularly to us while his immigration case is considered. If he is found to have no right to remain in the UK he will also face removal.

Jackie Fowler, head of the agency's immigration compliance and engagement team in Kent, said:

'We are determined to stamp out abuse of the immigration system.

'We want the public to contact us if they have any information on businesses or people who are breaking immigration law.

'Employers who take on illegal workers are both fuelling illegal immigration and undercutting businesses which play by the rules.'

The takeaway faces a potential fine of up to £40,000 unless it can prove that the appropriate pre-employment checks were carried out on the men, such as seeing a passport or a Home Office document.

Every year, we impose civil penalties on hundreds of companies which fail to carry out legally required checks on their staff.

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit our Preventing illegal working pages, or they can call the agency's employers helpline on 0300 123 4699.

Anyone with information about immigration offenders can report crime on this website, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.