Illegal workers arrested after restaurant raids

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TWO illegal workers were found hiding on a restaurant rooftop as they tried to escape during a raid.

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

At Gulshan Tandoori two workers – Bangladeshi men 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 and the Turkish man were arrested and are both being held in immigration detention while steps are taken 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 agency that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

Carla Johnson, head of the 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.’

Anyone who suspects illegal workers are being employed at a business should contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.