Kebab shop workers to be deported

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Three illegal workers will be deported after they were arrested during a Home Office raid on a Harborough takeaway.

Enforcement officers swooped on Flames, in High Street, after receiving intelligence there were foreign nationals working there illegally.

They arrested three Turkish men aged 19, 31 and 32 who were found to be working in the UK illegally and are now detained and awaiting removal from the UK.

Flames was served with a civil penalty notice for employing the three illegal workers following the raid last Thursday. It faces a fine of up to £30,000 unless it can provide proof the correct checks were carried out.

Officers also visited the Royal Bengal Indian restaurant in St Mary’s Road but the Home Office confirmed no arrests were made and no action taken.

Alison Spowage, assistant director for Immigration Enforcement in the East Midlands, said: “Our teams carry out visits like this in Leicestershire almost every day, with more planned in the future.

“Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, undermining legitimate businesses and taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work.

“I would urge people with detailed and specific information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”

During the raid on Flames a fourth man - also from Turkey - tried to escape through a rear door as the officers arrived but was caught.

He was found to have an outstanding application to the Home Office under consideration and he was not arrested.

If his application is turned down he will also face removal from the country, said a Home office spokesman.

Owner of the Royal Bengal Shanur Uddin said he feared news of the visit to his restaurant had affected trade.

He stressed no action was taken against the business.

Mr Uddin told the Mail: “One member of staff did not have their passport with them and were taken home nearby, documents checked and returned to the restaurant with no further action.”

The Mail contacted Flames but no one from the business responded in time for our deadline.