Seven men set to be deported after immigration officers raid Ulverston and Windermere restaurants

SEVEN men found working illegally at three Indian restaurants in Ulverston and Windermere have been arrested after raids by immigration officers. 

Home Office enforcement officials swooped last night to carry out checks which will now see the offenders deported.

Four Bangladeshi men aged 28 to 38 were found to be working illegally at Naaz Indian Restaurant on Queen Street, Ulverston.

Three had overstayed their visas and the fourth was in possession of false documents.

Later, officers visited two premises on Crescent Road, Windermere.

In the Prince of India they found two Bangladeshi men, aged 27 and 32, working illegally.

Both men had overstayed their visas and were arrested.

Officers then carried out checks at Indian Ocean, where they discovered a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man who had overstayed his visa.

All seven men are currently detained pending their removal from the UK.

The three businesses will be served with a civil penalty notice for employing the illegal workers.

If the employers are unable to provide evidence that legally-required pre-employment checks were carried out, a fine of up to £10,000 per worker will be imposed, the Home Office said.

Deputy director Wallace Wilson, from the Home Office immigration enforcement team, said: “Illegal working fuels illegal immigration to the UK and that is why we are carrying out operations like these.

“If you are a business you must carry out the correct checks on your staff or you could end up with a heavy fine.

“We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who break the law should know that they will face heavy fines.”

Measures to toughen civil penalties against rogue businesses employing illegal migrants have been unveiled by the Government.

A six-week consultation has been launched as part of plans under the Immigration Bill to make it more difficult for illegal migrants to live and work in the UK, and to take tougher action against the rogue employers.

Minister Mark Harper said: “Every day our enforcement officers undertake operations like this across the country to combat illegal working.

“Employers already have a duty to check that their employees have the right to work in the UK, and can face civil penalties if they fail to do so.

“The Immigration Bill, which we will introduce later this year, will include proposals to get even tougher on unscrupulous employers, who exploit illegal immigrants and undercut legitimate business.

“But we will also simplify processes to make it easier for compliant employers to fulfill their responsibilities.”

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/preventing-illegal-working/ or call the Home Office Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.

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7:05pm Fri 12 Jul 13

Moonbase says...

Hope Copeland is next!!!
Hope Copeland is next!!! Moonbase

7:49am Sat 13 Jul 13

zaney5 says...

Prince of India? Again? You'd think they'd learn!
Prince of India? Again? You'd think they'd learn! zaney5

6:53pm Sat 13 Jul 13

jazzactivist says...

I think it's unreasonable to deport people who are working and have only overstayed their visas. So long as they aren't being exploited, and are being paid the proper rates of pay, and have somewhere decent to live, they should be viewed as valuable assets to our society and given leave to remain.

I enjoy Indian food, as do most people, but we wouldn't be able to eat it in so many places if immigration is so strictly curtailed. Do we really want these jobs to go to Brits asking "do ya want chips wi' that, luv?" Or to be cooked for and served authentically by people from Bangladesh? I think the government are being too harsh in their treatment of people who have already settled here.
I think it's unreasonable to deport people who are working and have only overstayed their visas. So long as they aren't being exploited, and are being paid the proper rates of pay, and have somewhere decent to live, they should be viewed as valuable assets to our society and given leave to remain. I enjoy Indian food, as do most people, but we wouldn't be able to eat it in so many places if immigration is so strictly curtailed. Do we really want these jobs to go to Brits asking "do ya want chips wi' that, luv?" Or to be cooked for and served authentically by people from Bangladesh? I think the government are being too harsh in their treatment of people who have already settled here. jazzactivist

7:44pm Sat 13 Jul 13

Lakeuk says...

Government harsh, jazzactivist? you fishing for a reaction ;)

Policies simple if you have a skill in need in the UK then you can happy work here under the terms of a work visa sponsored by your employer
Government harsh, jazzactivist? you fishing for a reaction ;) Policies simple if you have a skill in need in the UK then you can happy work here under the terms of a work visa sponsored by your employer Lakeuk

10:31am Sun 14 Jul 13

hogheaven says...

jazzactivist wrote:
I think it's unreasonable to deport people who are working and have only overstayed their visas. So long as they aren't being exploited, and are being paid the proper rates of pay, and have somewhere decent to live, they should be viewed as valuable assets to our society and given leave to remain.

I enjoy Indian food, as do most people, but we wouldn't be able to eat it in so many places if immigration is so strictly curtailed. Do we really want these jobs to go to Brits asking "do ya want chips wi' that, luv?" Or to be cooked for and served authentically by people from Bangladesh? I think the government are being too harsh in their treatment of people who have already settled here.
So what you are saying is disregard any immigration laws we might have to cater for your simple tastes.The owners of these restaurants Indian or Bangladesh need teaching a lesson.They got off lightly last time they were caught flouting the laws,close them down for good teach them a lesson. Show we mean business enough!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]jazzactivist[/bold] wrote: I think it's unreasonable to deport people who are working and have only overstayed their visas. So long as they aren't being exploited, and are being paid the proper rates of pay, and have somewhere decent to live, they should be viewed as valuable assets to our society and given leave to remain. I enjoy Indian food, as do most people, but we wouldn't be able to eat it in so many places if immigration is so strictly curtailed. Do we really want these jobs to go to Brits asking "do ya want chips wi' that, luv?" Or to be cooked for and served authentically by people from Bangladesh? I think the government are being too harsh in their treatment of people who have already settled here.[/p][/quote]So what you are saying is disregard any immigration laws we might have to cater for your simple tastes.The owners of these restaurants Indian or Bangladesh need teaching a lesson.They got off lightly last time they were caught flouting the laws,close them down for good teach them a lesson. Show we mean business enough!!!!! hogheaven

2:15pm Thu 18 Jul 13

Kendal Jock says...

@jazzactivist We can see what side of the political divide you belong to, with your 'yuman rights' views. The country is awash with illegals and it is costing the UK taxpayers billions. They have settled here illegally! don't you get it?
@jazzactivist We can see what side of the political divide you belong to, with your 'yuman rights' views. The country is awash with illegals and it is costing the UK taxpayers billions. They have settled here illegally! don't you get it? Kendal Jock

4:09pm Thu 18 Jul 13

jazzactivist says...

No, I'm not just 'fishing for a reaction', lakeuk. I do think our immigration laws are too harsh, and getting worse. The UK is one of the most difficult countries in the world to enter and remain and, despite what the tabloid press would have us believe, immigrants, especially illegal ones aren't entitled to any State support and the range of jobs they are allowed to do is limited.

I genuinely believe that immigrants, including people who come here illegally due to the terrible political or economic situation in their own countries, are valuable to our society. As a former colonial empire that pillaged those countries in the first place, we should be more compassionate about it.

Unfortunately, there aren't very many British people who are skilled at anything anymore. But that hasn't stopped us from emigrating to other countries and expecting good treatment there. I would argue that working in an Indian restaurant is one area where it is essential to have staff from that subcontinent. I can't see why our government can't offer an amnesty to people already working here.

Britain would be quite a boring and limited place if there was no immigration. I can't imagine there are hundreds of local British people queuing up to work in an Indian / Bangladeshi restaurant, and it's not going to harm us to do the decent thing, is it?
No, I'm not just 'fishing for a reaction', lakeuk. I do think our immigration laws are too harsh, and getting worse. The UK is one of the most difficult countries in the world to enter and remain and, despite what the tabloid press would have us believe, immigrants, especially illegal ones aren't entitled to any State support and the range of jobs they are allowed to do is limited. I genuinely believe that immigrants, including people who come here illegally due to the terrible political or economic situation in their own countries, are valuable to our society. As a former colonial empire that pillaged those countries in the first place, we should be more compassionate about it. Unfortunately, there aren't very many British people who are skilled at anything anymore. But that hasn't stopped us from emigrating to other countries and expecting good treatment there. I would argue that working in an Indian restaurant is one area where it is essential to have staff from that subcontinent. I can't see why our government can't offer an amnesty to people already working here. Britain would be quite a boring and limited place if there was no immigration. I can't imagine there are hundreds of local British people queuing up to work in an Indian / Bangladeshi restaurant, and it's not going to harm us to do the decent thing, is it? jazzactivist

4:46pm Thu 18 Jul 13

zaney5 says...

Think the suns gone to your head!
Think the suns gone to your head! zaney5

5:56pm Thu 18 Jul 13

jazzactivist says...

Definitely not, zaney5! It's about time people who like having immigrants here, and don't make a fuss about a few illegal ones, spoke up. Why be nasty to others when you can be nice?
Definitely not, zaney5! It's about time people who like having immigrants here, and don't make a fuss about a few illegal ones, spoke up. Why be nasty to others when you can be nice? jazzactivist

12:12pm Fri 19 Jul 13

zaney5 says...

It's not about being nasty at all. As it has already been pointed out, illegal immigrants are just that. ILLEGAL.

So by your definition we should just open the borders to all and sundry, regardless of whether they are allowed to be here or not?

Or is it just people who work in restaurants you frequent that you wish to see allowed to stay.
It's not about being nasty at all. As it has already been pointed out, illegal immigrants are just that. ILLEGAL. So by your definition we should just open the borders to all and sundry, regardless of whether they are allowed to be here or not? Or is it just people who work in restaurants you frequent that you wish to see allowed to stay. zaney5

2:51pm Fri 19 Jul 13

jazzactivist says...

I just think there are far bigger problems in the UK than a few illegal immigrants. I would like to see our border controls relaxed, and a freer movement between all countries in the world for everyone. Most people who are looking for another country to live in are decent people who just want a better life for themselves and their family. Exactly the same as British people who emigrate to other countries.

It's easy to blame other sections of society for our social / employment / housing etc problems, but are the relatively few illegal immigrants that manage to get through the extraordinarily tough British customs net worth worrying about? I think if people manage to get here and set themselves up with a job and somewhere to live, against all the odds, they should be given the right to remain. It's not going to kill us to be compassionate.
I just think there are far bigger problems in the UK than a few illegal immigrants. I would like to see our border controls relaxed, and a freer movement between all countries in the world for everyone. Most people who are looking for another country to live in are decent people who just want a better life for themselves and their family. Exactly the same as British people who emigrate to other countries. It's easy to blame other sections of society for our social / employment / housing etc problems, but are the relatively few illegal immigrants that manage to get through the extraordinarily tough British customs net worth worrying about? I think if people manage to get here and set themselves up with a job and somewhere to live, against all the odds, they should be given the right to remain. It's not going to kill us to be compassionate. jazzactivist

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