£20,000 fine over four immigrant workers

Restaurant owner has paid fine over employing illegal workers. 14 October 2008. A Indian restaurant in Bournemouth has been fined £20,000 for employing four illegal immigrant workers following a raid earlier this year.

UK Border Agency officers visited the Indi’s in Seamoor Road, Westbourne, on May 12 after receiving intelligence information.

Three Bangladeshi men aged 23, 24 and 40, as well as a 27-year-old Burmese man were found working in the kitchen, despite having no legal right to work in the UK.

They were all taken to the police station for further questioning. Steps are currently being taken to remove them from the country. Under new rules targeting employers who hire immigration offenders, the Indi’s owner Emdadul Islam has already paid a £20,000 civil penalty.

Jane Farleigh, regional director of the UK Border Agency in Wales and the South West, said: “Employers are responsible for making sure their workers from outside Europe have the right to work here.

“This substantial fine, among the first ever handed to an employer in the Bournemouth area, shows how seriously we are taking the problem of illegal working, “Where we find that people have no legal right to live or work in the UK my teams will arrest them and remove them from the country.”
She added: “It is also important we deal with employers because as long as there are illegal jobs available, illegal immigrants will be tempted to come to the UK.”

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