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Weymouth Restaurant Faces £40,000 Fine

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4:01pm 11th March 2013

A Weymouth restaurant could be fined up to £40,000 after two illegal immigrants were arrested on their premises.

The Balti House on Commercial Road has been raided by the UK Border Agency.

Acting on intelligence, officers went to the Balti House on Thursday night (7th March) to question staff about their immigration status.

Checks revealed a kitchen worker, aged 46, was found to have overstayed his visa.

Another 24 year old man, who restaurant owners say rented a room upstairs, was found to be a failed asylum seeker.

Both from Bangladesh were arrested by Weymouth Police and are now awaiting deportation.

The Balti House's owner has told Wessex-FM he checks all the necessary VISAs and documents when taking on new staff.

He'll have to prove that to Border Officials or face a hefty fine.

Phil Reay from the UK Border Agency said:
 
"We are creating a hostile environment for illegal immigrants and offenders should know that there is no hiding place in Dorset.
 
"Illegal immigration puts undue pressure on public services, local communities and legitimate businesses.
 
"As well as the workers, we are looking to target businesses which employ illegal labour and who encourage illegal immigration in the process."

Balti House now faces a penalty of up to £20,000 - £10,000 for each illegal worker.

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