Restaurant raids

Border Agency arrests - 29.07.11 - Samanta takeaway
Border Agency arrests - 29.07.11 - Samanta takeaway

OFFICERS from the UK Border Agency have raided businesses in Scarborough for the second time in a week.

Illegal workers were arrested at the Indian Rose Brasserie Indian restaurant in Castle Road and Samanta Takeaway in St Thomas Street on Thursday.

Border Agency arrests - 29.07.11 -  Indian Rose Brasserie

Border Agency arrests - 29.07.11 - Indian Rose Brasserie

The raids came seven days after five Bangladeshi men, aged between 25 and 38, were discovered working illegally at Tikka Tikka Indian restaurant in Castle Road and arrested.

Wallace Wilson, manager of the UK Border Agency Northumbria Local Immigration Team, said: “We haven’t been targeting Scarborough specifically, but all of our operations are intelligence led. We received intelligence that there were people working illegally at these businesses.

“These raids are part of a continuing operation and if there are people working illegally in Scarborough, their employers can expect a visit from us.”

Following the raid at the Indian Rose Brasserie, two Bengali men, aged 29 and 33, were taken into custody after immigration checks had shown them to be illegally working.

The 29-year-old, who was found at work in the restaurant’s kitchen, had entered the UK illegally.

The 33-year-old, who was working as a waiter, had stayed in the UK for longer than was permitted by his visa.

Both men remain in detention and steps are being taken to remove them from the country.

The 30-year-old Bengali man, who was working in Samanta, also remains in custody and faces deportation proceedings. The worker had stayed in the UK for longer than his visa allowed.

As he was the only person working at the takeaway, the business was forced to temporarily close following the swoop.

A team of 12 specially-trained officers carried out the raids.

The owners of the businesses have been issued with civil penalty notices and face fines of up to £10,000 per illegal worker.

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or the Northumbria Local Immigration Team on 0191 2380484.