Surrey business faces fine for employing illegal workers
Source: UKBA
A restaurant in Egham is facing a fine for employing illegal workers following an operation by immigration enforcement officers.

Acting on intelligence, officers visited Mango Chutney Indian Restaurant, St Jude's Road, Englefield Green, at about 19:45 on Wednesday 18 December 2013. Individuals were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK.

They arrested 2 men. An Indian man, aged 21, was working in breach of his visa conditions, while a 34-year-old Nepalese man had overstayed his visa.

Both men were transferred to immigration detention pending removal from the country.

The business was served a notice warning that a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per illegal worker arrested will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out. This is a potential total of up to £20,000.

Paul Smith, from the Thames Valley and Surrey immigration enforcement team, said:

'Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, undermining legitimate businesses and taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work.

'We are happy to work with businesses in Surrey to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who break the law should know that they will face financial penalties.

'I would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.'