Illegal workers detained in raid on Doncaster restaurant

Mark Harper, immigration minister
Mark Harper, immigration minister
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The owners of a Doncaster restaurant are facing a heavy financial penalty of up to £30,000 after three illegal workers were found during a Home Office raid.

Immigration officers visited Tara Lounge on High Road, Warmsworth, at the weekend after receiving intelligence that it was using illegal workers.

Checks were carried out on the immigration status of staff members and a 23-year-old man from Pakistan and 31-year-old man from Bangladesh were found to have entered the UK illegally.

A third man, also 31 and from Bangladesh, was found to have overstayed his visa. All three are now detained pending their removal from the country.

Owners of Tara Lounge have been served with a civil penalty notice for employing the three illegal workers. They will be fined up to £10,000 per illegal worker unless proof is provided that the correct right to work checks were carried out.

The Government this month published the Immigration Bill, which carries a number of proposals to clamp down on illegal working and rogue employers. These include potentially doubling the maximum penalty for those using illegal labour to £20,000.

The Government is also planning to simplify the right to work checks to make it easier for compliant employers. Immigration Minister Mark Harper said: “Illegal working encourages illegal immigration, undercuts legitimate businesses and is often associated with exploitation.”