Author : Joseph Smith
A man has been arrested after Immigration Enforcement officers from the Home Office raided an Indian restaurant in Chipping Sodbury.
Officers found a total of five men from South Africa, Bangladesh and Myanmar who had no right to work in the UK.
The restaurant owners now face a fine of up to £100,000 if they cannot prove they did the proper checks before hiring the men.
Residents in the area contacted BristolLive to report seeing Home Office enforcement and police vehicles on Chipping Sodbury High Street on the evening of Thursday, May 17.
A Home Office spokesperson told BristolLive: “In an intelligence led operation, Immigration Enforcement officers visited Tudor Raj, Rounceval Street, Chipping Sodbury around 6.35pm yesterday (Thursday 17 May).
“Immigration Enforcement checks discovered five men, a 36 year-old South African, three Bangladeshi nationals aged 38, 44 and 66, and a 34-year-old national from Myanmar, all had no right to work in the UK.
“The 36-year-old South African was found to be working in breach of his visit visa. He was arrested and detained while steps are taken to remove him from the country. The others must report to Immigration Enforcement while their cases are progressed.
“The business faces a potential financial penalty of up to £100,000 – up to £20,000 per illegal worker – unless the employer can demonstrate that appropriate right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work.”
A spokesman from Avon and Somerset Constabulary said yesterday: “There was a pre-planned raid by immigration enforcement officers at the Tudor Raj restaurant. We were there to assist.”