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Employers: Three arrested following raid in Hampshire

03 May 2013

Three illegal workers from Bangladesh have been arrested following a raid on a restaurant in Holbury.

Acting on intelligence, our Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers visited Aroma Indian Cuisine, Long Lane, at around 17:00 on Thursday 2 May, questioning staff to check if they had the right to work in the UK.

A 29-year-old man was found to have entered the country illegally while 2 other men aged 39 and 40 had overstayed their visas.

All 3 are currently in immigration detention while steps are taken to r... emove them from the country.

A 4th man, a 52-year-old Bangladeshi, was found to be working illegally and was placed on immigration bail.

The business was issued with a notice warning that a fine of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker found (a potential total of £40,000) will be charged unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

Carla Johnson, Immigration Enforcement team in Hampshire, Home Office said:

'We regularly carry out operations like this in Hampshire. Where we find people who are in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them.

'Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, undermining legitimate businesses and taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work at a time when the country can least afford it.

'We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be done on staff. Those who choose to break the law should know that we are out there looking for them and they will face heavy fines.

'I would urge members of the public with detailed information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.'

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.

For more information and contact details for Home Office Immigration Enforcement teams visit our regional page for London and the South East.

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