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Indian takeaway faces £80,000 fine after Home Office immigration raid results in three arrests

Indian takeaway faces £80,000 fine after Home Office immigration raid results in three arrests

Philip Dewey

Indian takeaway faces £80,000 fine after Home Office immigration raid results in three arrests

A raid at an Indian takeaway restaurant in Old Windsor carried out by the Home Office has led to the arrest of three men on immigration offences.

Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers visited Cinnamon Indian Takeaway, in Lynwood Parade, St Luke's Road, on Thursday, acting on intelligence.

Staff at the restaurant were questioned if they had the right to live and work in the UK and three Bangladeshi men were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences and a fourth Bangladeshi man was found to be working illegally.

The restaurant were warned it could face a financial penalty of up to £80,000, £20,000 for each employee,  unless proof was provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

Paul Smith, head of the Thames Valley & Surrey Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said:

"Businesses in Berkshire who employ illegal workers are defrauding the treasury of vital funds, undercutting employers who ply an honest trade and cheating legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.

"We are happy to work with those who want to play by the rules but employers who break the law will face the consequences.

“People with detailed and specific information about suspected immigration abuse should contact us.”

A 31-year-old man has been detained pending his removal from the UK while another 31-year-old man and a 28-year-old man were granted temporary release while their cases were being progressed and will have to report regularly to the Home Office.

A 32-year-old man found working illegally was not arrested but escorted from the premises, and will also have to report to the Home Office while his case is progressed.

Cinnamon Indian Takeaway have been approached for a comment.

Information can be found at www.gov.uk/government/collections/employers-illegal-working-penalties to help employers to carry out checks to prevent illegal working.

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