Three men detained after immigration raids at Southampton restuarants Jehangir and Pride of India

Daily Echo: Three men were detained when immigration enforcement officers raided two Southampton restaurants Three men were detained when immigration enforcement officers raided two Southampton restaurants

TWO Southampton restaurants are facing huge fines after immigration raids discovered illegal workers.

Officers arrested two Bangladeshi men at Jehangir in Winchester Road and another Bangladeshi man at Pride of India in Bedford Place after receiving intelligence that they were not eligible to work in the UK.

The eateries were served civil penalty notices with fines of £20,000 and £10,000 respectively.

Fine guidelines allow up to £10,000 per illegal worker arrested unless employers can prove that correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

Immigration officers say that one Jehangir worker, 26, entered the country illegally while the other, 27, overstayed his visa. They have been transferred to a detention centre pending deportation.

The 50-year-old worker at Pride of India was also arrested for overstaying his visa and has been placed on bail while steps are taken to remove him from the country.

However Jehangir spokesman Shakil Miah denied that the men arrested were part of the business.

He said: “They were friends of one of our staff members and they have never been employed by the restaurant at any point.

“They were not employed or contracted to the restaurant in any form.”

A Pride of India spokesman denied anyone had been detained at the restaurant but would not comment further.

The raids took place at about 5.35pm on Thursday.

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9:00am Sat 3 May 14

From the sidelines says...

Cue a couple of hastily arranged weddings.
Cue a couple of hastily arranged weddings. From the sidelines
  • Score: 9

10:22am Sat 3 May 14

mickey01 says...

close em down ! friends of staff what a joke
close em down ! friends of staff what a joke mickey01
  • Score: 7

1:16pm Sat 3 May 14

Frank28 says...

Many restaurants facing such fines often go into liquidation or bankruptcy to avoid having to pay, so the system is a joke. There should be mandatory prison sentences for those who employ illegal workers.
Many restaurants facing such fines often go into liquidation or bankruptcy to avoid having to pay, so the system is a joke. There should be mandatory prison sentences for those who employ illegal workers. Frank28
  • Score: 9

2:30pm Sat 3 May 14

sass says...

If they are here they might as well work and pay tax, rather than collecting benefits.
If they are here they might as well work and pay tax, rather than collecting benefits. sass
  • Score: -11

11:29pm Sat 3 May 14

TotallyAnonymous says...

I personally know of a Chinese restaurant in the Eastleigh area which hires illegal workers. It's disgusting and unfair on British and foreign people who do have the legal right to work here.
I personally know of a Chinese restaurant in the Eastleigh area which hires illegal workers. It's disgusting and unfair on British and foreign people who do have the legal right to work here. TotallyAnonymous
  • Score: 1

5:35am Sun 4 May 14

skeptik says...

Border Agency doing takeaways?
Border Agency doing takeaways? skeptik
  • Score: 1

9:54am Sun 4 May 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Frank28 wrote:
Many restaurants facing such fines often go into liquidation or bankruptcy to avoid having to pay, so the system is a joke. There should be mandatory prison sentences for those who employ illegal workers.
Idiot.
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: Many restaurants facing such fines often go into liquidation or bankruptcy to avoid having to pay, so the system is a joke. There should be mandatory prison sentences for those who employ illegal workers.[/p][/quote]Idiot. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: -2

12:42pm Sun 4 May 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

TotallyAnonymous wrote:
I personally know of a Chinese restaurant in the Eastleigh area which hires illegal workers. It's disgusting and unfair on British and foreign people who do have the legal right to work here.
If you're that disgusted,why not make a phone call to the Authorities?
[quote][p][bold]TotallyAnonymous[/bold] wrote: I personally know of a Chinese restaurant in the Eastleigh area which hires illegal workers. It's disgusting and unfair on British and foreign people who do have the legal right to work here.[/p][/quote]If you're that disgusted,why not make a phone call to the Authorities? 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 7

1:34am Mon 5 May 14

michael67 says...

sass wrote:
If they are here they might as well work and pay tax, rather than collecting benefits.
WHY They are stealing a job from a person who IS legally entitled to be here.
[quote][p][bold]sass[/bold] wrote: If they are here they might as well work and pay tax, rather than collecting benefits.[/p][/quote]WHY They are stealing a job from a person who IS legally entitled to be here. michael67
  • Score: 0

10:09am Mon 5 May 14

Micle1974 says...

Jehangir Winchester Road Bassett/upper Shirley? Illegal immigrants?
No, I would of never thought it
Jehangir Winchester Road Bassett/upper Shirley? Illegal immigrants? No, I would of never thought it Micle1974
  • Score: 1

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