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Immigration raid on second Stansted takeaway in less than a week – and a third shuts suddenly

The Home Office has confirmed that a second swoop has been carried out by immigration officers in Stansted's Station Road.

Six days after a raid on Thursday, August 15 identified two Bangladeshi men working illegally at the Bombay Butler Indian restaurant, they returned to the street on Wednesday, August 21 at 7.30pm.

"Acting on intelligence", they found an illegal worker in the neighbouring Lams Chinese takeaway.

Station Road, Stansted Mountfitchet..Pic: Vikki Lince. (15714736)
Station Road, Stansted Mountfitchet..Pic: Vikki Lince. (15714736)

A spokesman said: "Checks identified that a 34-year-old Chinese man had entered the UK illegally. He was ordered to report to immigration enforcement regularly while his case is progressed."

The business was served a civil penalty referral notice, warning that a penalty of up to £20,000 will be imposed unless the employer can demonstrate that appropriate right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work.

While both the Bombay Butler and Lams remain open and trading, one of the street's other takeaways, the Phuket Thai opposite, which also served fish and chips, has shut suddenly.

Stansted's Thai takeaway has closed suddenly (15714732)
Stansted's Thai takeaway has closed suddenly (15714732)

It was formerly Eddie Ho's Fish and Chips. The village businessman also ran the neighbouring China Garden takeaway, which is now the Mayflower.

Despite a connecting door between the premises, Mayflower staff were unable to shed any light on the Phuket closure.

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