In the evening of Wednesday, April 24, Tamarind Fine Indian Dining on Woodbastwick Road was visited by enforcement officers with the intelligence-led operation resulting in the identification of seven Bangladesh men who had no approval to work in the UK.
From this group, three were detained and could be deported from the UK. One of them entered the UK illegally while the other two had overstayed their visas.
The remaining four men seem to be in lesser troubles but are required to visit the Home office regularly as their cases are being treated.
Restaurant hit with heavy fine
Following the raid at the restaurant, a civil penalty referral notice that could see the restaurant pay £20,000 fine per illegal worker, a total of £140,000 for the seven men, has been served to the restaurant according to Home office. The penalty will stand if the restaurant cannot provide evidence that proper checks were carried out before employing these men. The checks include a document granted by the Home office that allows them to work in the UK and passport.
Responding to the raid, before the Home office released the full details, a spokesperson for the restaurant revealed the detention of two people – a cook and a visitor.
Regarding the cook, he said the restaurant checked all his documents which appeared to be in order, and he was included in their payroll six years ago. The spokesperson voiced his disappointment about the situation.
Since Home office released the details of the raid, uncovering seven men, no further detail or reaction has been received from the restaurant.
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