Four illegal workers from Bangladesh have been arrested following raids on restaurants in Polegate and Eastbourne.
Acting on intelligence, Home Office immigration enforcement officers carried out the visits yesterday (Thursday), questioning staff to check if they had the right to work in the UK.
They arrested three men at The Viceroy in Grand Parade, Polegate. Two aged 28 and 34 had overstayed their visas while the third, aged 20, was working in breach of his visa conditions.
When officers visited Tiffin Express in Station Street, Eastbourne, shortly after 8pm two 19-year-old suspects attempted to escape but were stopped by the enforcement team. One of them had overstayed his visa and was arrested. The other was found to be working illegally but released as he has an outstanding visa application.
All those arrested are currently in immigration detention while steps are taken to remove them from the country.
The businesses were served notices warning the employers that a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per illegal worker found will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.