Eastbourne restaurant facing £10,000 for employing illegal worker

Spice garden Restaurant Church Street Old Town.
Spice garden Restaurant Church Street Old Town.

A restaurant in Eastbourne is facing a penalty of up to £10,000 for employing an illegal worker following an operation by Home Office immigration enforcement.

Acting on intelligence, officers visited Spice Garden in Church Street on February 13. Individuals were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK.

They arrested a 27-year-old Bangladeshi man who had overstayed his visa. He must report regularly to the Home Office pending removal from the country.

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

Richard Lederle, head of the Kent and Sussex Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said, “Businesses in Sussex which follow the rules have nothing to fear, but those who either deliberately employ people with no right to work or fail to carry out the legally required checks on their staff should expect to face heavy financial penalties.

“Illegal working has a negative impact on communities. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.

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

Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/contact/report-crime/ or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/preventing-illegal-working/ or they can call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.

For more information and contact details for Home Office Immigration Enforcement teams in London and South visit: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/your-region/lse-ice/.