Four restaurant workers face deportation after immigration officers raid Taj Brasserie in Winterbourne

August 23 2019
Four restaurant workers face deportation after immigration officers raid Taj Brasserie in Winterbourne

FOUR illegal workers face deportation after an immigration raid on a restaurant in Winterbourne.

Home Office immigration enforcement officers raided the Taj Brasserie, above, in the village's High Street last Friday after a tip-off.

They arrested three Bangladeshi men, aged 39, 44, and 49, after checks showed they had overstayed their visas. A fourth man, aged 46 and also a Bangladeshi national, was also found to have overstayed his visa and was placed on immigration bail. He also faces deportation.

The business faces fines of up to £80,000 after being served with a civil penalty referral notice. Unless the owners can prove that right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work, they face penalties of up to £20,000 per illegal worker discovered.

A Home Office spokeswoman confirmed that officers who raided the restaurant at around 6.30pm had been "acting on intelligence".