Four illegal immigrants arrested at Peppers restaurant in The Tything and Caspian Pizza in Sidbury, Worcester

Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers at Peppers in The Tything on Friday night

Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers at Caspian Pizza in Sidbury on Friday night

Peppers restaurant in The Tything

First published in News

AN ILLEGAL immigrant from Albania and three from Bangladesh were arrested following warrants at a restaurant and a pizza takeaway in Worcester.

Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers visited Peppers restaurant, in The Tything, at about 5.15pm on Friday, and questioned staff to check whether they had the right to live and work in the UK.

A trio of Bangladeshi men were arrested after two, aged 28 and 37, were found to have entered the UK illegally and the third, aged 41, had over-stayed his visa.

All three have been placed on immigration bail and will have to report regularly to the Home Office while their cases are reviewed.

The business could stand to be fined up to £30,000 unless it can provide proof that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

At the time of printing there was no one at the restaurant available to comment in relation to the arrests.

At about 8pm the same evening officers visited Caspian Pizza, in Sidbury, where they arrested a failed asylum seeker from Albania.

The 36-year-old has been detained and will eventually be deported.

As with Peppers, the business was served with a civil penalty notice and could be fined up to £10,000.

The manager of the takeaway said the illegal worker underwent the same checks as any other employee at the business.

He said: “The employee was on national insurance contribution, so on behalf of the company, we have been making contributions to that and he was also up to date with tax payments.

“From our point of view that’s legal status to be here and we processed it as we would any other employee .

“It is now a matter between him and the home office.”

Assistant director of West Midlands Immigration Enforcement Mary Halle said the Home Office carries out warrants such as this every day across the region.

“Illegal working is not victimless,” she said.

“It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.

“I urge people with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”

For more information on reporting a suspected immigration offence call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit gov.uk/report-immigration-crime.

For advice for employers on avoiding employing illegal workers call 0300 123 4699 or visit gov.uk/checkanemployeesrighttoworkdocuments

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9:34am Wed 30 Apr 14

green49 says...

Havent these places been done before? they know full well who is who.
Havent these places been done before? they know full well who is who. green49
  • Score: 6

9:58am Wed 30 Apr 14

Ted Elgar says...

If it is the little guy at Caspian who gives me the extra turkey-ham then HE MUST BE RELEASED IMMEDIATELY. His pizza-making skills are vital to the local economy.
If it is the little guy at Caspian who gives me the extra turkey-ham then HE MUST BE RELEASED IMMEDIATELY. His pizza-making skills are vital to the local economy. Ted Elgar
  • Score: 25

1:34am Thu 1 May 14

ideas4all says...

Theirs a time and place for humour some of these ppl have travelled thousands of miles to provide for their families whilst most of the unemployed don't want to work and would rather live of benefits yes that's right. Mine and your tax contributions .
Theirs a time and place for humour some of these ppl have travelled thousands of miles to provide for their families whilst most of the unemployed don't want to work and would rather live of benefits yes that's right. Mine and your tax contributions . ideas4all
  • Score: -8

7:11pm Thu 1 May 14

DarrenM says...

Institutional Racism - They only seem to visit resturants owned by foreign nationals, you don't seem them raiding the local McDonalds do you?
Institutional Racism - They only seem to visit resturants owned by foreign nationals, you don't seem them raiding the local McDonalds do you? DarrenM
  • Score: -7

11:44am Fri 2 May 14

Ted Elgar says...

Probably because McDonalds doesnt employ people on a casual basis in cash? Just a thought.
Probably because McDonalds doesnt employ people on a casual basis in cash? Just a thought. Ted Elgar
  • Score: 11

11:34pm Fri 2 May 14

Old Uncle says...

If they are working, paying taxes and are not a drain on society they should be able to get a temporary permit of some kind. As mentioned elsewhere, there are many who refuse these type of jobs and are taking taxpayer monies to practice their couch potato skills.
If they are working, paying taxes and are not a drain on society they should be able to get a temporary permit of some kind. As mentioned elsewhere, there are many who refuse these type of jobs and are taking taxpayer monies to practice their couch potato skills. Old Uncle
  • Score: -3

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