IMMIGRATION officers have arrested a staff member at a popular takeaway.

A 29-year-old Turkish man was apprehended at The Dalston Fryer, by Carlisle Road, earlier this month.

Details of the arrest, which was made on Thursday, July 4, were confirmed by the Home Office this week.

A spokesman from the Home Office told the News & Star: "Acting on Intelligence, Immigration Enforcement officers visited The Dalston Fryer shortly before 7pm on July 4.

"Checks identified a man working in breach of his visa conditions.

"He was arrested and detained pending his removal from the UK.

"The Dalston Fryer was served a civil penalty referral notice which warns that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 could be imposed unless the employer can demonstrate that appropriate right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work."

Disputing the claims, The Dalston Fryer said in a statement: "This [arrest] has come as a shock to us.

"The staff member in question appeared in court in Glasgow on Tuesday, July 16 and has been released.

"The man, who has been with us since the start of the month, has an NI number, a visa, and the appropriate background checks were carried out prior to his employment with us.

"He has returned to Cumbria following his release."