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Three suspected immigration offenders found in Penzance restaurant raids

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: December 20, 2013

Three suspected immigration offenders found in Penzance restaurant raids

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THREE suspected immigration offenders have been caught during raids by Home Office immigration enforcement in the Penzance area.

Acting on intelligence received, officers visited Dynasty restaurant at Perranuthnoe, and Little India, in Albert Street, Penzance on December 12.

At Little India, a 29-year-old Bangladeshi man was arrested on suspicion of being in the UK illegally and possessing a false identity document.

He has been released on immigration bail while further investigations take place.

At Dynasty, two people from China found in an accommodation part of the premises were arrested and detained on suspicion of being in the UK illegally.

One of them, a 24-year-old woman, is detained pending her removal from the UK.

The other, a 31-year-old man, was released on immigration bail while his case is progressed. If he is found to have no right to be in the UK he also faces removal.

Little India was served with a civil penalty notice for employing the illegal worker. This means the employer will be fined up to £10,000 unless proof is provided that the correct right to work checks were carried out.

No civil penalty was served on Dynasty due to insufficient proof that those arrested were working at the restaurant.

Kenny Chapman, assistant director of Home Office Immigration Enforcement in the South West, said: “These successful operations in Cornwall show that we will track down immigration offenders wherever they are.

“There is no hiding place for people breaking the law and we will seek to remove anyone who we find to be in the UK illegally.

“I would urge members of the public with detailed and specific information about suspected illegal working to contact us.”

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  • josdave  |  December 20 2013, 6:58PM

    There have been several cases in recent years of eateries employing illegal immigrants. These employers are exploiting the workers by (a) paying very low pay which they can get away with as the illegals won't complain and (b) depriving jobs from people entitled to be in this country. Forget the fine of £10,000 per worker and close them down which would make others thinking of doing the same to think twice.

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