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Illegal workers arrested in raid

PUBLISHED: 15:03 21 March 2009 | UPDATED: 13:25 03 July 2010

IMMIGRATION officers from the UK Border Agency have arrested five illegal workers in Loddon after a restaurant raid.

Acting on intelligence, a specialist team swooped on the Dilraj restaurant in Bridge Street and sealed all exits before searching the premises and checking identity documents.

IMMIGRATION officers from the UK Border Agency have arrested five illegal workers in Loddon after a restaurant raid.

Acting on intelligence, a specialist team swooped on the Dilraj restaurant in Bridge Street and sealed all exits before searching the premises and checking identity documents.

The raid happened on March 5, but details have only just been released.

Five Bangladeshi men, aged between 31 and 44, were arrested after officers found that two were illegal entrants to the UK while three had overstayed their visas.

One of the illegal workers, aged 41, was deported to Bangladesh last Saturday.

The UK Border Agency is now taking steps to remove the remaining illegal immigrants from the UK as soon as possible.

The business was issued with an on-the-spot penalty notice for employing illegal workers and may now face a fine of up to £50,000 for hiring illegal workers.

Gail Adams, UK Border Agency regional director, said: “We are working hard to pull the plug on the illegal jobs which lure illegal immigrants to come to the UK in the first place.”

Guidance for employers on preventing illegal working can be found on the UK Border Agency website or by calling the UK Border Agency Employers Helpline on 0845 010 6677.

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed in Norfolk should contact Crime-stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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