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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Man tried to flee across roof during immigration raid

A man tried to make a rooftop getaway when immigration officers raided a Cumbrian takeaway.

The 35-year-old attempted the escape when officers entered the Spice House on High Street, Cleator Moor, last night.

He was one of two arrested at the premises. The other was a 24-year-old man.

Both of the men, from Bangladesh, were found to be in the UK illegally and have been detained pending their removal from the country, says the Home Office.

A separate operation was also carried out at the Taste of Bengal on Stricklandgate, Penrith.

A 36-year-old Bangladeshi man was found to have entered the UK illegally. He was arrested and will be removed from the country.

Both the Spice House and Taste of Bengal were served with a civil penalty notice for employing the illegal workers.

This means they will be fined up to £10,000 per illegal worker unless proof is provided that the correct right to work checks were carried out, such as seeing a Home Office document or passport. This is a potential total fine of £20,000 for Spice House and £10,000 for Taste of Bengal.

Assistant director Phillippa Russell, from the North East and Cumbria Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said: "Those who either deliberately employ people with no right to work or fail to carry out the legally required checks on their staff should expect to face heavy financial penalties."

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business or someone is living in the UK illegally can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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