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Takeaway boss facing a PS60k fine.

Byline: Ian Johnson Reporter ian.johnson01@trinitymirror.com

A TAKEAWAY could face a PS60,000 bill for allegedly employing illegal foreign workers.

But Bengal Spice's boss claims three Asian men nicked in the Home Office raid weren't staff and were only there for a job interview.

Border agents stormed the Redcar curry house on Friday, quizzing staff over their right to work in the UK. Officers arrested two Bangladeshi men and a Sri Lankan - before leaving the eatery with the bill. That bill, say the Home Office, could leave the owner heavily out of pocket due to each illegal worker carrying a potential PS20,000 fine.

However manager Junyed Ahmed told The Gazette the trio - two of whom face deportation - weren't on the books.

"They were not employed here as they only came for an interview that day," said the 36-year-old manager, who denied owning the Station Road takeaway.

"They were only in training and we asked to see their documents, but when they didn't have them, we told them that they didn't have the right to work. The rest of my staff are fine to work here and we have not been given any fine yet."

Previously the takeaway made more unwanted headlines - after inspectors gave it with a zero star food hygiene rating last year. However, a follow-up inspection awarded the Indian four stars.

A Home Office spokesperson said: "Immigration Enforcement officers visited Bengal Spice on Friday June 3 at 5.35pm.

"Staff were questioned to check they had the right to live and work in the UK.

"Three men, two from Bangladesh aged 25 and 39, and a 55-year-old Sri Lankan, were arrested after checks found they were in the UK illegally.

"The two older men are now detained pending their removal from the UK. The 25-year-old was granted temporary release while his case is progressed and has been ordered to report regularly to Immigration Enforcement during this time. "Bengal Spice was served a notice warning that a financial penalty of up to PS20,000 per illegal worker found will be imposed unless evidence is provided that appropriate right to work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work."

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Author:Ian Johnson Reporter ian.johnson01@trinitymirror.com
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Jun 10, 2016
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