The owners of two Indian restaurants in Cambridge are facing huge fines after UK immigration officials raided the sites and made several arrests.
According to UK Visas and Immigration, formerly known as the UK Border Agency, some of their officers raided the Curry Queen in Mill Road and the Meghna Exotic Bangladeshi and Indian eatery in Victoria Road after they were tipped off.
As a result, four men were arrested across the two restaurants, who of whom were from Bangladesh and the other from India, who were found to be working at the sites without the correct UK visas.
Following the raids, officials from UK Visas and Immigration have revealed that the owners of both restaurants could face fines of up to £20,000 for failing to ensure their workers have the correct UK work permits.
A Home Office spokeswoman added: “Officers encountered three Bangladeshi men, two aged 22 and one 29-year-old, who were found to be working in the UK illegally. They must report regularly to the Home Office while their cases are progressed.”
“At Meghna restaurant, officers encountered one Indian man, 29, who was found to be working in the UK illegally. He was arrested and detained pending removal from the UK.”
According to the spokeswomen, both businesses have now been served with notices warning that they may have to pay a penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal workers unless they can provide evidence that they carry the appropriate UK visa or UK work permit documents to confirm checks were carried out.