Four Bangladeshi workers held by UK Immigration

The UK Immigration officers arrested four Bangladeshi illegal workers in Uttlesford following a raid in Thaxted.

On Friday evening (December 6) by Home Office immigration enforcement officers swooped on the India Villa in Watling Street.

They were acting on intelligence. Checks revealed that four members of staff were breaking UK immigration rules.

All four were Bangladeshi men. Three, aged 36, 25 and 24, had overstayed their visas. The fourth, aged 26, was working in breach of his visa conditions.

UK immigrationThe men have been released on immigration bail to report to the Home Office while work to remove them from the country is carried out.

The business now faces potential penalties of up to £10,000 for each of the illegal workers unless it can demonstrate that appropriate pre-employment checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.

Lorna Brown, from Home Office Immigration Enforcement, said: “Where we find people who are in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them.

“But we are also looking to target the employers who take on illegal workers and encourage illegal immigration in the process.

“We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be done on staff, but those who choose to break the law should know that we are looking for them and they will face heavy financial penalties.”

The day before the Thaxted raid, officers hit two curry houses in Dunmow, arresting a total of 13 illegal workers.