Spice King Billericay High Street

Article by Kirsty Hough: A man has been arrested after immigration enforcement officers raided a take-away.

The officers visited Spice King, in High Street, Billericay, yesterday.

A Bangladeshi man aged 33 was arrested, as checks showed that he had overstayed his visa. He has been detained pending his removal from the UK.

A second Bangladeshi man, aged 37, was escorted from the premises as checks showed that he had no right to work. He must regularly report to the Home Office.

Spice King was served a civil penalty referral notice, warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker 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.

Information to help employers carry out checks to prevent illegal working can be found at: gov.uk/government/collections/employers-illegal-working-penalties.

This includes a quick answer right-to-work tool to help employers check if someone has the right to work in the UK.

People with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Spice King has been contacted for comment.

Thai House Kitchen and Twilights, both next door to Spice King, are not involved in the raid.

Article by Kirsty Hough, The Echo

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