Curry houses targeted by immigration officials
EIGHT Bangladeshi men are facing deportation after being caught working illegally at two popular curry houses in Nailsea and Yatton.
Officers from the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and Avon and Somerset police simultaneously raided Posh Spice and Yatton Tandoori on May 2 and arrested 11 men in total.
Both businesses now face a fine of up to �10,000 for each illegal worker found on the premises.
Six men were initially arrested from the Nailsea High Street restaurant and five from the Yatton eatery.
Three men from Posh Spice, aged 30, 33 and 40, were found to have stayed in the country longer than their visas allowed and a 23-year-old had entered the country illegally.
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Two men, aged 26 and 30, were bailed pending further enquires into their immigration status.
And at Yatton Tandoori, in High Street, the restaurant had to be closed for the evening after five men were taken to Weston police station.
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Two men, aged 21 and 27, were found to be in breach of their visas, a 26-year-old had overstayed his visa and a 39-year-old had illegally entered the UK.
A fifth man has been bailed pending further enquiries.
All eight men who breached their visas or entered the country illegally have been detained pending deportation.
Jane Farleigh, the South West’s regional director for the UKBA, said: “Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work and undercutting law-abiding businesses.
“We are determined to crack down on businesses which ignore our immigration laws.
“Our officers carry out regular raids targeting illegal workers and more are planned.”