Immigration officers raid Jarna Indian restaurant in New Milton

Jarna Indian restaurant

Jarna Indian restaurant

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A HAMPSHIRE restaurant could face a fine of up to £120,000 for employing illegal workers.

A Home Office raid at the Jarna Indian restaurant on Christchurch Road, New Milton saw three Bangladeshi men arrested as staff were questioned over whether they had the right to live and work in the UK.

Two of the men, aged 26 and 28, had overstayed their visas while a 29-year-old man was found to be a failed asylum seeker.

Another three men, aged 29, 45 and 60 were found to have no permission to work and escorted from the premises.

The men aged 26 and 29 who were arrested have been transferred to immigration detention pending removal from the UK.

The 28-year-old has been placed on immigration bail while his case is progressed and also faces removal if found to have no right to remain in the UK.

The business was served with a notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker found will be imposed unless the employer can demonstrate that appropriate pre-employment checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.

Assistant Director Carla Johnson, head of the South Central Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said: “We will not tolerate illegal working, and our officers carry out regular operations across Hampshire to tackle abuse of the system.

“Some businesses may feel that hiring illegal workers is harmless, but they are wrong.

“It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and often exploits some of society’s most vulnerable people. It also means legitimate job hunters are starved of opportunities.

“The message is clear. Although we are happy to assist businesses and advise them on what checks need to be carried out on staff, employers who flout the rules will be punished and could face a heavy penalty.”

No-one was available for comment at the Jarna restaurant.

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7:58am Tue 26 Aug 14

Miguel Raton says...

If they are deported and if the restaurant receives the maximum fine then this is a small step in the right direction. Somehow I doubt that either will happen. Britain is the only country in the world where the indigenous population experiences worse treatment than immigrants.
If they are deported and if the restaurant receives the maximum fine then this is a small step in the right direction. Somehow I doubt that either will happen. Britain is the only country in the world where the indigenous population experiences worse treatment than immigrants. Miguel Raton
  • Score: 28

9:07am Tue 26 Aug 14

Woolston ollie says...

Miguel Raton wrote:
If they are deported and if the restaurant receives the maximum fine then this is a small step in the right direction. Somehow I doubt that either will happen. Britain is the only country in the world where the indigenous population experiences worse treatment than immigrants.
Your absolutely correct they will not be deported nor will the fine be anywhere near what is stated, its about time we sent a message to anyone thinking if employing illegals it wont be tolerated and you will be hit hard.
[quote][p][bold]Miguel Raton[/bold] wrote: If they are deported and if the restaurant receives the maximum fine then this is a small step in the right direction. Somehow I doubt that either will happen. Britain is the only country in the world where the indigenous population experiences worse treatment than immigrants.[/p][/quote]Your absolutely correct they will not be deported nor will the fine be anywhere near what is stated, its about time we sent a message to anyone thinking if employing illegals it wont be tolerated and you will be hit hard. Woolston ollie
  • Score: 14

9:58am Tue 26 Aug 14

Big Mac says...

That's the price of the poppodums going up then.
That's the price of the poppodums going up then. Big Mac
  • Score: 2

10:19am Tue 26 Aug 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

Immigration staff are red hot you know. A few years back they staged a big raid in a food processing plant belonging to a multi-national company in Banbury where illegal employees had been on PAYE with false names and non-existent NI numbers FOR OVER A YEAR. The immigration people may say HMRC never told them, and, given the incompetence of most Civil Service Departments, that 's possible, but as Miguel says , if I'd used a false NI number to pretend I was over 65 and not liable to pay, HMRC would have hung me out to dry, being a citizen of this country.
Immigration staff are red hot you know. A few years back they staged a big raid in a food processing plant belonging to a multi-national company in Banbury where illegal employees had been on PAYE with false names and non-existent NI numbers FOR OVER A YEAR. The immigration people may say HMRC never told them, and, given the incompetence of most Civil Service Departments, that 's possible, but as Miguel says , if I'd used a false NI number to pretend I was over 65 and not liable to pay, HMRC would have hung me out to dry, being a citizen of this country. Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: 9

10:44am Tue 26 Aug 14

Frank28 says...

Businesses that face such huge fines often cease trading, and reopen a few weeks later under a different name.
Businesses that face such huge fines often cease trading, and reopen a few weeks later under a different name. Frank28
  • Score: 13

12:21pm Tue 26 Aug 14

On the inside says...

Miguel Raton wrote:
If they are deported and if the restaurant receives the maximum fine then this is a small step in the right direction. Somehow I doubt that either will happen. Britain is the only country in the world where the indigenous population experiences worse treatment than immigrants.
Miguel? British? I don't think so!
[quote][p][bold]Miguel Raton[/bold] wrote: If they are deported and if the restaurant receives the maximum fine then this is a small step in the right direction. Somehow I doubt that either will happen. Britain is the only country in the world where the indigenous population experiences worse treatment than immigrants.[/p][/quote]Miguel? British? I don't think so! On the inside
  • Score: -2

1:41pm Tue 26 Aug 14

hulla baloo says...

How about fining the authorities for each illegal immigrant found to be in this country, then they may sharpen up their act.
How about fining the authorities for each illegal immigrant found to be in this country, then they may sharpen up their act. hulla baloo
  • Score: 7

7:36pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Yomper says...

The Authorities are you, you would be fining yourself
The Authorities are you, you would be fining yourself Yomper
  • Score: 0

2:24pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

No , the Immigration Service would have to anchor a ship off Menorca and execute its Civil Servants, in descending order of pension pot, for each illegal detected. Save us a shedload of money and the Royal Navy did indeed rule the world for a while after it did the same to Admiral Byng
No , the Immigration Service would have to anchor a ship off Menorca and execute its Civil Servants, in descending order of pension pot, for each illegal detected. Save us a shedload of money and the Royal Navy did indeed rule the world for a while after it did the same to Admiral Byng Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: 0

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