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Employers: Oxford restaurants face illegal worker fines

18 March 2013

Two restaurants in Oxford are facing fines for employing illegal workers following UK our raids.

Acting on intelligence, our officers visited the Malikas Restaurant on Cowley Road at around 14:00 on Thursday 14 March, where we carried out checks on staff to see if they had the right to work in the UK.

Two were found to be working illegally. A 31-year-old man from Bangladesh was found to be working in breach of his visa conditions and was arrested and detained pending his removal from the UK. A 41-year-old, also from Bangl... adesh, who had over-stayed his visa was granted immigration bail while his case is dealt with.

The restaurant was warned that it will face a fine of up to £20,000 - £10,000 for each illegal worker - unless proof can be provided to us that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out on the pair.

Our officers then moved on to the Temple Lounge on Temple Street, where they again carried out checks on staff.

A 22-year-old Egyptian national was found to have over-stayed his visa and was arrested and detained pending his removal, while a 32-year-old Palestinian man, who had entered the UK illegally, was granted immigration bail while his case is dealt with.

The Temple Lounge was also warned that it could face a fine of up to £20,000.

Maria Leon, deputy director, UK Border Agency, said:

'We are carrying out operations like this across the Thames Valley almost every day, and for those who are in living and working in the country illegally there is no hiding place.

'We are also targeting employers who fail to carry out the correct checks on their staff.

'The UK Border Agency is happy to work with employers to help them make sure they know what needs to be done, but those who flout the rules could face big fines.'

Every year, we issue fines on hundreds of companies which fail to carry out proper right-to-work checks on 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.