Two men have been arrested at an Indian restaurant in Beccles during an immigration raid. Indiagate Tandoori Restaurant was raided by Home Office immigration officials after they received a tip-off.
Two Bangladeshi males were arrested and the Home Office says they will be dealt with in accordance with immigration rules.
Following the raid the employer of the two men was served with a Civil Penalty Referral Notice, making them liable for a fine of up to £20,000 per illegal worker. The raid happened on August 10 and has also led to East Suffolk Council reviewing the licence of the premises.
East Suffolk Council said that the grounds for the licence review are the “prevention of crime and disorder” and that “illegal working has been identified at this premises”.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “Illegal working causes untold harm to our communities, cheating honest workers out of employment, putting vulnerable people at risk, and defrauding the public purse.
Illegal working visits are up by more than 50pc on last year and arrests have more than doubled, with more people arrested in 2023 than during the whole of 2022 as a result of this activity.
We are also removing those with no right to be in the UK. In June, more than 100 illegal workers were arrested throughout the UK in a single day of action. During the operation, which took place across the UK on June 15, Immigration Enforcement officers arrested 105 foreign nationals found working without the right to do so.
The Home Office has also recently announced plans to triple civil penalty fines for employers or landlords found to be in breach of immigration laws.
An East Suffolk Council spokesperson said: We are unable to provide any further information on this matter until the review has been completed. The deadline for anybody to make formal representations to East Suffolk Council in writing is October 10.
According to its Facebook page, the restaurant on Newgate has been open in the town since 2004.