Illegal workers arrested in raids on Portsmouth restaurants

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TWO illegal workers have been arrested following raids at two city restaurants.

UK Border Agency officers acting on intelligence carried out checks on staff at Gulshan Tandoori and North End Kebab House, both in London Road, North End.

At Gulshan two workers - Bangladeshi males aged 36 and 75 - were discovered hiding on the roof in a bid to escape.

A 24-year-old Turkish man who had also overstayed his visa was found at North End Kebab House.

The 36-year-old man and the Turkish man were arrested and are both being held in immigration detention while the UK Border Agency takes steps to remove them from the country.

The 75-year-old has been ordered to report to the UK Border Agency regularly while steps are taken to remove him following the raids, which happened at about 6.20pm on Wednesday.

The restaurant owners were served with notices warning they could be fined up to £10,000 for each illegal worker found – unless they can prove to the UK Border Agency that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

Carla Johnson, head of the UK Border Agency’s Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Immigration Team, said: ‘We carry out hundreds of operations like this every year across Hampshire, and 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.

‘We’re happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be done on staff, but those who do break the law should know that we are out there looking for them and they will face heavy fines.’