UK border force officials found 5 immigration offenders of Bangladeshi origin when they raided a Benfleet restaurant.
Immigration officials raided Benfleet Tandoori on High Street, Benfleet, after receiving calls from concerned individuals regarding the immigration status of some of the workers. When they carried out checks, officers discovered five Bangladeshi men – two who had entered the UK illegally, and three with outstanding immigration status issues, reports Echo News.
A spokesman for the Home Office said: “Acting on intelligence, immigration enforcement officers visited Benfleet Tandoori, in High Street, Benfleet, last Thursday around 7:20pm.
“Two Bangladeshi men, aged 30 and 31 were arrested as they were found to have entered the UK illegally.
“Three further Bangladeshi men, aged 30, 47 and 49, were found to have outstanding immigration cases which did not entitle them to work in the UK.
“The men were escorted from the premises and must report regularly to Immigration Enforcement while their cases are progressed.”
Wendy Goodwin, councillor for Castle Point’s Boyce ward, which covers Benfleet, said: “It is a sad state of affairs when they have got to that point and are trying to work in the UK.
“It is a difficult one, because they are taking jobs away from people but sometimes British people don’t want the jobs.
“But the people certainly shouldn’t be here illegally and the business shouldn’t be employing people who are here illegally.
“The restaurant always seems very popular and a lot of people book there to raise money for charity.”