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Three men arrested for immigration offences in Horsham

Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers arrested three suspected immigration offenders from Bangladesh during an operation on Thursday, December 11.

Officers visited Spice Nights Takeaway, Queen Street, Horsham, at about 5pm where staff were questioned about their immigration status.

Three men, aged 34, 43 and 45, were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences. They were interviewed and have since been granted temporary release while their cases are progressed. They will have to report regularly to the Home Office during this time.

A spokesperson for the Home Office said: “Spice Nights Takeaway was served a notice warning they are liable for a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker, unless they provide evidence that legally-required pre-employment checks were carried out, such as seeing a Home Office document or passport. This is a total potential fine of £60,000.”

Assistant Director Richard Lederle, from the Kent & Sussex Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said: “Businesses who employ illegal workers are defrauding the taxpayer, undercutting genuine employers and denying work to legitimate job hunters.

“We are happy to work with employers who want to play by the rules but those who break the law will face the consequences.

“People with detailed and specific information about suspected immigration abuse should contact us.”

Information to help employers carry out checks to prevent illegal working can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/employers-illegal-working-penalties. It 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 https://www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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