Immigration officers arrest three men at Wickham restaurant

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THREE men face deportation after being arrested during a raid at a restaurant.

Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers detained the men, all from Bangladesh, at Kuti’s Restaurant in Fareham Road, Wickham.

Our dedicated, specialist teams will catch you and if the correct checks have not been carried out you will pay a heavy penalty

Carla Johnson

Staff were quizzed whether they had right to live and work in the United Kingdom.

The Home Office said a 22-year-old was working in breach of his visa conditions, a 27-year-old had overstayed his visa and a 36-year-old was found to have entered the country illegally.

The men have been moved to immigration detention ahead of deportation.

The firm has been warned it could face a £20,000 penalty per illegal worker unless it can prove right-to-work checks were carried out.

Carla Johnson, head of the South Central Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said: ‘The message to businesses in Hampshire using illegal labour is clear.

‘Our dedicated, specialist teams will catch you and if the correct checks have not been carried out you will pay a heavy penalty.

‘Illegal working cheats the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and often exploits some of society’s most vulnerable people.’

She urged people to report immigration crimes.

The restaurant declined to comment.