UK Border Agency arrested five illegal working chefs during an operation carried out at a restaurant in Ponteland, Northumberland on 3rd May.
Checks on staff at Bawarchi Indian Restaurant, Brewery Lane, formerly known as Sampan, found five Bangladeshi men aged 24, 30, 31, 33 and 36, all were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences. None had permission to work in the UK. The men arrested included all of the restaurant’s chefs, leaving only the manager and one waiter on the premises after the operation. Too many illegal chefs spoil the meal.
The Border Agency have been well busy in the last week or so, no wonder they have no time to check foreigners at our airports. It is a case of what comes first the chicken or the egg or in this case the illegals entering UK or the ones already here.
Following raids across South Wales, seven men remain in immigration detention awaiting removal from the UK after nine illegal workers were caught.
Officers went to Mint Leaf, Tregwilym Road, Rogerstone, Newport, on Saturday 28 April and checked the immigration status of the staff present.
The agency found three Bangladeshi men with no legal right to be working in the UK, two men remain in immigration detention pending removal. A third man must report weekly to a local police station while he looks for some where to work illegally?
Earlier on the same day, officers went to Welsh Breakers, Bridgend Road, Aberkenfig, where an Indian man was found working in breach of the conditions of his visa. He was arrested and remains in detention pending his removal.
Pendine Stores, Grand Avenue, Ely, Cardiff, was also visited and a Pakistani man was arrested after checks revealed he had stayed in the country after his visa expired. He is also in immigration detention.
Another two offenders were found at Zero Plus Fish Bar, Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff. A Pakistani man working in breach of his student visa is in detention awaiting removal, while a second Pakistani man was bailed so he can enrol in the lost illegal workers brigade.
On Thursday 26th April, Flaming Dragon, Mary Anne Street, Cardiff, was raided and two Nepalese men were arrested. The pair were working in breach of their student visas and are in detention awaiting removal from the country.
Meanwhile in the south of the country
At the Wonderful Kitchen, Charminster Road, Bournemouth, on Friday 27th April there were two Chinese men aged 19 and 38 who were found to have entered the UK illegally, while a 21-year-old Malaysian man had stayed in the country after his visa expired.
On the same evening, Masala Bay, Bridge Street, Christchurch, was also raided. There, a 36-year-old Bangladeshi man was arrested for entering the UK illegally.
All four offenders were taken to Bournemouth police station for further questioning before being transferred to immigration detention to await removal.
At the eastern side of the country
At the Borstal Fish Bar, Borstal Street, Rochester, Kent on 28th April two men both from India were caught working illegally. A 26 year-old had failed to leave the UK when his visa expired, while a 21 year-old was working in breach of the conditions of his visa.
The men were arrested and remain in immigration detention while the UK Border Agency takes steps to remove them from the UK.
North of the border
Officers simultaneously targeted Rishis Indian restaurant in George Street and the Spice of Asia shop on John Street, Aberdeen at lunchtime on 26th April. After the immigration status of staff was checked, one Sri Lankan man and one Indian man were found working illegally at Rishis, while one Pakistani man was working illegally at the Spice of Asia. All three men had overstayed their visas, and are currently in detention, pending their removal from the UK.
Escaped prisoner hands himself in.
A man serving 12 years for armed robbery who absconded from a prison in Surrey has been returned to jail after he handed himself in to police. Perhaps he couldn’t afford to live on the outside due to the recession, his ill gotten gains are worthless now due to inflation.
Surrey Police said Graham Richard Farrell, 48, walked into a Kent police station about 20:00 BST on Friday. Officers returned him to HMP Coldingley in Bisley where he was serving time for a series of armed robberies and other violent offences in London. He failed to return to the jail after a one-day release licence on 27th April.