Raid reveals restaurant’s illegal staff

A RESTAURANT in Bramber faces fines of up to £30,000 for employing illegal workers

Immigration enforcement officers raided the Maharajah in The Street, Bramber, on Thursday March 13 at 9.15pm questioning employees to check if they had the right to be in the UK.

Officers arrested three Bangladeshi men, one aged 28 and two aged 32.

Two, had overstayed their visas while the other had entered the country illegally.

All three were placed on immigration bail while their cases were processed.

They will face removal from the UK if found to have no right to stay in the country.

The business was warned it would be fined up to £10,000 per illegal worker found unless it could prove the right checks had been carried out.

Richard Lederle, head of the Kent and Sussex Home Office immigration enforcement team, said: “Operations like these are carried out across Sussex almost every day as we continue our work to track down and remove from the country those who seek to abuse the immigration laws.

“Illegal working is not victimless.

“It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.

“The public can be a huge help and I urge people with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch by contacting or calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”