Three men have been detained by immigration officers following a raid on a Lynn restaurant, it was announced yesterday.
Home Office officials say the men, who are all from Bangladesh, were detained after checks were made following the search of the India Gate restaurant in St James Street on Friday.
Two of the workers, a 34-year-old man who was found to have outstayed his visa and a 26-year-old man who was found to be working in breach of his visa conditions, are now in custody pending their deportation from the country.
The third man, who is 37 and was also found to be in breach of his visa conditions, is also in custody while he awaits the outcome of his application to remain in Britain.
The raid was carried out after Home Office Immigration Enforcement received intelligence about the premises.
And Mandy Hunt, from the service, said yesterday: “Where we find people who are in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them.
“But we are also looking to target the employers who take on illegal workers and encourage illegal immigration in the process.
“We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be done on staff, but those who choose to break the law will face heavy financial penalties.
“I would urge anyone with specific and detailed information about suspected illegal working to get in touch.”
The agency said the business itself could face a total fine of up to £30,000 for employing the workers, unless it could prove that suitable checks, such as looking at a passport or a Home Office document, were made before the men were hired.