Doors open after restaurants raided

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Two east end High Street restaurants have opened their doors again after weekend raids by the Home Office.

Immigration officers swooped on the Amritsar and Namaste Gurkha Indian and Nepalese restaurants, on Saturday, detaining four workers.

They included two Indians, aged 23 and 31, and a 28-year-old Pakistani at Amritsar, and a 25-year-old Indian at Namaste.

All are currently in Home Office detention while steps are taken to remove them from the country.

Diners were asked to leave during the raids.

The Home Office issued a statement saying that the owners of each business will be issued with a notice of potential liability of up to £10,000 per illegal worker employed, unless proof is provided that the correct right to work checks were carried out.

Jan Dennett, from Home Office immigration enforcement, said: “Illegal working undercuts honest employers, defrauds the public purse and cheats legitimate job hunters out of employment opportunities.

“We are happy to work with employers to explain the simple checks that need to be carried out to establish a person’s right to work in the UK.

“The message to those who choose to ignore the rules is clear.

‘‘We will find you and you will face a heavy financial penalty.

“I would ask anyone with specific and detailed information about suspected illegal working to get in touch.”

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit

They can also call the employers’ helpline on 0300 123 4699.

Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact or Crimestoppers on 0800