Hotel boss hits back after illegal workers raid

2710a064 bevipark hotel 'exterior of the Beveridge Park Hotel, Kirkcaldy
2710a064 bevipark hotel 'exterior of the Beveridge Park Hotel, Kirkcaldy

A KIRKCALDY hotel has denied any wrongdoing after a raid on illegal workers.

On Thursday, Beveridge Park Hotel was visited by the UK Borders Agency after they got a tip-off about illegal working. Officers checked the immigration status of all staff, and said they found six Indian men working there illegally.

The men have now been detained, and the Agency has said steps are now being taken to remove them from the UK.

Howeve, Bobby Kumar, hotel owner, disputed the claims and told the Press he has ‘nothing to worry about’, after co-operating fully with the Agency, and providing all the correct paperwork for his staff. He said: “I have the paperwork for all the people who work here. I have handed that overm and I don’t know under what business they are detaining the workers.

‘‘I’m not responsible if they have not been going to college or anything like that, as they are students who came here to study - but I have all the appropriate paperwork so I’m not worried about that.”

The hotel has been served with a civil penalty notice, which means if paperwork is not supplied they could be fined up to £10,000 for every illegal worker. Mr Kumar said he has already passed documentation on to prove that the relevant legal checks - asking for a passport or Home Office documents - were carried out before anyone was employed. At the time of the raid, more than 200 people were in the hotel, including a training day for Fife Council staff, which had to be halted and staff sent back to offices.

Adam Scarcliffe, assistant director of the UK Border Agency in Scotland, told the Press: “Employing illegal workers undercuts honest businesses and defrauds the public purse. There is no excuse for using illegal labour. If people ignore our immigration laws, we will find them and remove them from the country.”