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Stansted Indian restaurant faces £40,000 penalty over two illegal workers

The owner of the Bombay Butler Indian restaurant in Stansted faces a penalty of up to £40,000 after immigration officers found two men working there illegally.

A Home Office spokesman said that an enforcement team "acting on intelligence" raided the Station Road curry house last Thursday (August 15) at 7.15pm.

Checks identified that two Bangladeshi men were working there illegally: a 38-year-old who had overstayed his visa and a 56-year-old who was a failed asylum seeker. Both were transferred to immigration detention pending their removal from the UK.

Immigration raid at the Bombay Butler (15567316)
Immigration raid at the Bombay Butler (15567316)

The spokesman added: "The business was served a civil penalty referral notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker arrested 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. If proof is not provided, this is a potential total of up to £40,000."

Companies House names Mountfitchet Catering as the company behind the Bombay Butler. Its director, Abdul Kadir, is also behind Cardamom Spice Ltd, which runs the Lord Mountbatten Indian restaurant – formerly the Red, White and Blue pub – in Hazelend Road, Bishop's Stortford.

The Home Office spokesman said that the immigration enforcers did not visit those premises.

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