Raid catches workers without UK visas

15 Aug 2011 | Posted by Carl Thomas

Employees have been found working at a business in Harborough without the required UK visas to do so.

A raid conducted by UK Border Agency (UKBA) officials discovered two men from Bangladesh working illegally. The officers found both a 38-year-old and a 19-year-old in paid employment at the Shagorika restaurant.

The older man was a failed asylum seeker while the younger man had outstayed his UK visa. As a result, both of the men are due to be removed from the country, while the business itself faces a potential fine of £10,000 for each worker. But if the restaurant can prove that it conducted the necessary right-to-work checks before hiring the men then it will not be required to pay.

According to the Harborough Mail, this is the second time in three years that the Shagorika has been raided by UK immigration officials. Phil Rudkin, the agency's chief immigration officer, told the paper: “We are working hard to find and remove those who have no right to live or work in the UK.

“The message we are sending to people flouting the law is clear - more raids are planned and you will be caught.”