Illegal staff found by UK Border Agency working at Za Za Bazaar
ILLEGAL workers have been arrested by the UK Border Agency in a raid on popular city centre restaurant Za Za Bazaar.
Acting on intelligence, officers visited "the biggest restaurant in the UK" at 3pm last Friday.
Checks on staff at the Canon's Road venue found three people working there without permission.
The offenders, all of whom were taken into UK Border Agency detention pending their removal from the country, were men from India and Sri Lanka. The two Indians, aged 25 and 40, were both working in breach of the conditions of their student visas. The Sri Lankan, 33, had over-stayed his visa.
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Za Za Bazaar must now demonstrate that appropriate pre-employment checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.
If not, the business faces a potential fine of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker.
UKBA officer Julie Wadge said: "The message for those who are living and working in the UK illegally is clear – we will track you down and remove you from the country. Raids like this are carried out regularly and we want offenders to be in no doubt that the net is closing in."
Every year, the UK Border Agency imposes civil penalties on hundreds of companies which fail to carry out legally-required checks on their staff.
The agency also provides support to employers so they can understand the rules including visits by staff, a dedicated helpline and website.