Raid on Indian Ocean takeaway - two men arrested

PUBLISHED: 02:01 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:59 10 June 2010

TWO MEN were arrested after immigration officers raided an award-winning Indian takeaway in Exmouth. A team of five officers from the Border and Immigration Service went to the Indian Ocean takeaway, in Exeter Road, at 5pm on Thursday, April 3, after rece

TWO MEN were arrested after immigration officers raided an award-winning Indian takeaway in Exmouth.A team of five officers from the Border and Immigration Service went to the Indian Ocean takeaway, in Exeter Road, at 5pm on Thursday, April 3, after receiving intelligence of possible illegal workers in the kitchens.The UK Border Agency said the two Indian nationals, aged 35 and 40, entered the country legally, but overstayed their visas. They were taken to the Heavitree Road Police Station, Exeter, and gave statements that they had been employed in the takeaway. Officers are taking steps to remove both men from the UK as soon as possible.Shaheed Ussen, proprietor of the restaurant, declined to comment.Indian Ocean takeaway won the East Devon District Council seal of excellence hygiene awards in 2003, 2004 and 2005.Jane Farleigh, regional director of the UK Border Agency in Wales and the South West, said: "Our operations are based on intelligence received from the police, other government departments and also from members of the public. "We are determined to put a stop to the problem of illegal working wherever we find it in Devon and appeal to the public to contact us when they believe it is taking place."The Government recently introduced on-the-spot fines of up to £10,000 per illegal employee for employers who do not make the correct right-to-work checks,On Thursday, April 3, a single border force with police-like powers for frontline staff, the UK Border Agency, was introduced. Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can call the Border and Immigration Agency Employers' Helpline on 0845 010 6677. Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business in Devon can contact the UK Border Agency on (01752) 275161.

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