Five arrested in swoop on city restaurants

Worcester News: Immigration swoop on city restaurants sees five arrested Immigration swoop on city restaurants sees five arrested

FIVE illegal workers have been caught during immigration raids on two Worcester restaurants.

The swoop by Home Office immigration enforcement officers took place yesterday at Pasha Indian Restaurant in St John’s, Worcester and at Ashley’s Indian Restaurant in The Tything.

The officers, acting on intelligence, first visited Pasha Restaurant where staff checks revealed two kitchen workers had no permission to be in the UK.

One, a 44-year-old Bangladeshi man, had entered the UK illegally and the second, a 33-year-old man from Afghanistan, was a failed asylum seeker.

The Bangladeshi is being interviewed on suspicion of ID offences while the Afghan has been detained pending his removal from the UK.

A spokesman for Worcestershire Regulatory Services also said environmental health officers visited Pasha yesterday to check concerns raised during the raids the previous day.

He said: “Officers are going to makes sure environmental health conditions at the restaurant are okay.”

A spokesman for West Mercia Police confirmed that a man had been arrested and was in the cells at Worcester Police Station in Castle Street.

A third member of staff was found to have an outstanding immigration application with the Home Office, but no right to work.

He was escorted from the premises. It is not the first time Pasha has been raided. We reported in July, 2011 how the UK Border Agency arrested two men at Pasha.

A man answering the phone at Pasha yesterday, who declined to be named, said accurate checks were carried out on the workers, who provided identification, before they were employed.

He said: “As far as we’re concerned these guys are allowed to work. I would rather not say anything.”

Officers subsequently visited Ashley’s Indian Restaurant in The Tything which was also raided in August, 2011.

Checks yesterday revealed that two Bangladeshi members of staff were working illegally.

A 29-year-old man was found to have overstayed his visa, while a 31-year-old man was working in breach of his visa conditions.

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

Monwar Khandokar, from Ashley’s, said it was “a complete surprise” that they were targeted and added the restaurant had been left “bemused” by it.
 

He said one worker was a student they were helping out on a work placement, while the other was found to have falsified his personal details, including his national insurance, to get a job but had kept it secret from the management.

He also added that the curry house was a responsible employer and it was “a complete surprise” the false details hadn’t been picked up when filing accounts with HMRC.

He said he was “a responsible employer keen to enhance ties with the local community” and that small businesses are seen as “easy targets” by the Government.
 

Both businesses now face potential fines of up to £10,000 for each of the illegal workers unless they can demonstrate that appropriate pre-employment checks were carried out such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.

David Jones, from Home Office Immigration Enforcement, said: “Operations like this are carried out across the UK every day as we continue our work to track down and remove from the country those who seek to abuse the immigration laws.

“The public can be a huge help and I urge people with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”

Anyone with information about immigration crime can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit crimestoppers-uk.org Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/preventing-illegal-working/ or they can call the Home Office Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.

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4:49pm Fri 6 Dec 13

mack18 says...

So 4 of the 5 illegals allowed out of custody - never to be seen again like we see on these type of UK Customs tv programs?
Any other country would have kept them until deportation!
So 4 of the 5 illegals allowed out of custody - never to be seen again like we see on these type of UK Customs tv programs? Any other country would have kept them until deportation! mack18

6:13pm Fri 6 Dec 13

brooksider says...

Does Nurul Haque still own The Pasha and is he still a Magistrate?

The Pasha got caught employing two illegal workers in 2011 and they are up to their old tricks again.
Does Nurul Haque still own The Pasha and is he still a Magistrate? The Pasha got caught employing two illegal workers in 2011 and they are up to their old tricks again. brooksider

8:58am Sat 7 Dec 13

voledog says...

The guilty are not the immigrants, it's the business owners who exploit them who are doing something seriously wrong. To get off your backside and take the risk of travelling many thousands of miles to find even very low paid work shows great initiative, determination and courage. It's a pity much of our indigenous workforce fail to exhibit those same attributes.
This problem is huge but easy to solve. If a business owner employs an illegal worker just confiscate their business, grant the illegal worker citizenship and hand the business over to them - with the condition that all their employees from then on earn at least the living wage. Just see how quickly this problem would solve itself then!
The guilty are not the immigrants, it's the business owners who exploit them who are doing something seriously wrong. To get off your backside and take the risk of travelling many thousands of miles to find even very low paid work shows great initiative, determination and courage. It's a pity much of our indigenous workforce fail to exhibit those same attributes. This problem is huge but easy to solve. If a business owner employs an illegal worker just confiscate their business, grant the illegal worker citizenship and hand the business over to them - with the condition that all their employees from then on earn at least the living wage. Just see how quickly this problem would solve itself then! voledog

9:24am Sat 7 Dec 13

green49 says...

Deport them, give the restaurants an order that if they are caught a second time, close them down, they know what they are doing.
Deport them, give the restaurants an order that if they are caught a second time, close them down, they know what they are doing. green49

11:12am Sat 7 Dec 13

Kenni says...

Unless you are not in the catering trade (eastern and far east food), you will not understand the employment perdicument many thousands of businesses are facing each and every day up and down the country.

Employing the local work force to work in these establishments is like hitting your head on a brick wall. They simply cannot/wont do this kind of work!

Remember not so long ago, 50 job placements where made available in Worcester, with not a single taker?? Goes to show how lazy our work force is!

No business wants to go above the law, out of sheer desperation and i do pity the owners, you will find these businesses employing illegal workers or close up shop. These workers are not exploited and gets paid a fair wage.

The government, like most things, are out of touch with reality and must allow non eu work visas in, cus local workforce is **** useless in such a skilled and specialised sector.
This is a serious perdicument throughout the UK. You will find your local takeaway/Restruarant closing is years to come.
Unless you are not in the catering trade (eastern and far east food), you will not understand the employment perdicument many thousands of businesses are facing each and every day up and down the country. Employing the local work force to work in these establishments is like hitting your head on a brick wall. They simply cannot/wont do this kind of work! Remember not so long ago, 50 job placements where made available in Worcester, with not a single taker?? Goes to show how lazy our work force is! No business wants to go above the law, out of sheer desperation and i do pity the owners, you will find these businesses employing illegal workers or close up shop. These workers are not exploited and gets paid a fair wage. The government, like most things, are out of touch with reality and must allow non eu work visas in, cus local workforce is **** useless in such a skilled and specialised sector. This is a serious perdicument throughout the UK. You will find your local takeaway/Restruarant closing is years to come. Kenni

8:18pm Sat 7 Dec 13

mijas4@live.com says...

Close the restaurants down, they know exactly what they are doing. One rouge employee might be explainable.
Close the restaurants down, they know exactly what they are doing. One rouge employee might be explainable. mijas4@live.com

10:55am Sun 8 Dec 13

CYNIC_AL says...

I'll have a lamb rogan josh, a pilau rice, a portion of chips, naan bread, poppadoms and a pint of Stella please...
I'll have a lamb rogan josh, a pilau rice, a portion of chips, naan bread, poppadoms and a pint of Stella please... CYNIC_AL

7:06pm Sun 8 Dec 13

scolesy says...

CYNIC_AL wrote:
I'll have a lamb rogan josh, a pilau rice, a portion of chips, naan bread, poppadoms and a pint of Stella please...
Sorry Guv, only eggs and chips and cup of tea on tonight, all the other staff got nicked!!!
[quote][p][bold]CYNIC_AL[/bold] wrote: I'll have a lamb rogan josh, a pilau rice, a portion of chips, naan bread, poppadoms and a pint of Stella please...[/p][/quote]Sorry Guv, only eggs and chips and cup of tea on tonight, all the other staff got nicked!!! scolesy

9:55am Mon 9 Dec 13

green49 says...

mack18 says...

So 4 of the 5 illegals allowed out of custody - never to be seen again like we see on these type of UK Customs tv programs?
Any other country would have kept them until deportation!

Its a joke isnt it when you watch these border control programmes,, if you cannont provide a passport or any other form of ID in any other country your OUT, so why are we different because of the stupid do gooders and the EU.

We have the right to deport anyone who enters this country illegally no matter how and we also have the legal right to deport back to any EU country where ever any EU citizen they last came from, there are proper ways of coming here so if people dont want to get here legally then do not come.
mack18 says... So 4 of the 5 illegals allowed out of custody - never to be seen again like we see on these type of UK Customs tv programs? Any other country would have kept them until deportation! Its a joke isnt it when you watch these border control programmes,, if you cannont provide a passport or any other form of ID in any other country your OUT, so why are we different because of the stupid do gooders and the EU. We have the right to deport anyone who enters this country illegally no matter how and we also have the legal right to deport back to any EU country where ever any EU citizen they last came from, there are proper ways of coming here so if people dont want to get here legally then do not come. green49

2:39pm Mon 16 Dec 13

vigorniensis says...

"Unless you are not in the catering trade (eastern and far east food), you will not understand the employment perdicument ".
" This is a serious perdicument "

Can somebody please tell me what the hell a "perdicument" is. Perhaps there are some Worcester teachers who can translate this?
"Unless you are not in the catering trade (eastern and far east food), you will not understand the employment perdicument ". " This is a serious perdicument " Can somebody please tell me what the hell a "perdicument" is. Perhaps there are some Worcester teachers who can translate this? vigorniensis

4:00pm Tue 17 Dec 13

CommonSenseFriends says...

I traveled abroad recently and spoke to a person who has worked within the UK. He gave me an insight into how much he got paid. Apparently he had a national insurance number etc. which the restaurant he worked at used. However he was not paid the minimum wage (he was paid around a flat £20 per day for 10+ hours of work). The restaurant had used his national insurance number to put his wages down as an expense in their books (presumably they said they were paying him the minimum wage).

The detailed account I've given above is to make the point that it is BUSINESS' who are responsible for exploiting these people. The immigrants are bad enough for accepting these terms but employers should know better. As already mentioned (by comments above) restaurants (like PASHA and ASHLEYS who have been caught twice now) know what they're doing. Slapping them with fines makes no difference to them as the benefits outweigh the fines. CLOSE THEM DOWN FOR GOOD IF THEY KEEP RE-OFFENDING!!!!!

I guarantee (i would put a lot of money on it if i was a gambling man) that we will see the same article up next year or the year after that (these takeaways don't/ won't learn).
I traveled abroad recently and spoke to a person who has worked within the UK. He gave me an insight into how much he got paid. Apparently he had a national insurance number etc. which the restaurant he worked at used. However he was not paid the minimum wage (he was paid around a flat £20 per day for 10+ hours of work). The restaurant had used his national insurance number to put his wages down as an expense in their books (presumably they said they were paying him the minimum wage). The detailed account I've given above is to make the point that it is BUSINESS' who are responsible for exploiting these people. The immigrants are bad enough for accepting these terms but employers should know better. As already mentioned (by comments above) restaurants (like PASHA and ASHLEYS who have been caught twice now) know what they're doing. Slapping them with fines makes no difference to them as the benefits outweigh the fines. CLOSE THEM DOWN FOR GOOD IF THEY KEEP RE-OFFENDING!!!!! I guarantee (i would put a lot of money on it if i was a gambling man) that we will see the same article up next year or the year after that (these takeaways don't/ won't learn). CommonSenseFriends

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