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Three illegal workers held after raid on a restaurant

By Dover Express  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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THREE illegal workers are facing removal from the UK after being arrested during a raid in Dover.

Acting on information received, UK Border Agency officers went to Taste of India in London Road on Saturday, November 17.

Immigration checks were made on staff and three men from Bangladesh were found to be in the UK illegally having failed to leave the country after their visas had expired.

The three, aged 52, 33 and 23, were arrested and remain in immigration detention pending removal from the UK.

Taste of India has been handed a penalty notice for employing illegal workers.

To avoid a fine of up to £30,000, the employers must provide evidence that the correct pre-employment checks were made on the men – such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.

Jackie Fowler, head of the agency's Local Immigration Team in Kent, said: "The UK Border Agency is 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."

Anyone who suspects illegal workers are being employed at a Kent business can e-mail intelkent@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk or call 01303 247070.

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