Illegal immigrant arrested at takeaway

A Hadleigh takeaway faces a £10,000 fine after an illegal immigrant was arrested during a swoop by UK border officials.

A man from Bangladesh, who was working as a waiter at the Royal Bengal Tandoori in High Street, was arrested on Thursday.

Working as part of a Home Office immigration enforcement operation in the town, officers from the UK Border Agency visited the Indian restaurant at 6pm.

Checks revealed a 23-year-old Bangladeshi was working in breach of his visa conditions. He was taken to immigration detention and is due to be deported from the UK.

The takeaway, which is managed by Hadleigh town councillor Nural Amin, could now be fined £10,000 for employing an illegal worker.

To avoid the penalty, the restaurant must demonstrate that appropriate pre-employment checks, such as taking a copy of a passport, were carried out.

Mark Gear, from Home Office immigration enforcement, said: “There is no hiding place for offenders and we will seek to remove anyone who we find to be in the UK illegally.

“I urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”