A Berwick business could face a £40,000 fine after it was found to be employing illegal workers.
The Magna Tandoori Restaurant in Bridge Street was found to be employing illegal workers after an operation by Home Office Immigration Enforcement.
Acting on intelligence, officers visited the Bridge Street restaurant last Thursday (March 6), and questioned those present to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
Three Bangladeshi men, aged between 25 and 51, and a 56-year-old Indian man were all arrested for immigration offences. All four were detained while steps are taken to remove them from the country.
The Magna Tandoori will be served a notice warning that civil penalties of up to £10,000 per illegal worker arrested will be imposed, unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
Phillippa Russell, from the North East and Cumbria Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said:
“These arrests will act as a stark warning to anyone in Northumberland who is in the UK illegally. We will catch up with you and you will face arrest, detention and removal from the country.
“Illegal working is not victimless. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.
“We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who break the law should know that they will face financial penalties.
“I would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”