Restaurant faces fine over worker's arrest

By Connie Osborne Wednesday 18 December 2013 Updated: 19/12 16:17

A HEADLESS Cross restaurant could face a fine of up to £10,000 for employing a potential illegal worker.

Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers carried out an intelligence-led visit to Massalla Club in Birchfield Road at about 8pm on Thursday (December 12).

Staff were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK and a 24-year-old man from Bangladesh was arrested for allegedly overstaying his visa.

He has now been released on immigration bail while his case is progressed.

He will have to report regularly to the Home Office during this time and could face removal if he is found to have no right to remain in the UK.

The restaurant has been served with a civil penalty notice for employing the man and could end up paying a fine unless the owners can prove they carried out the correct right to work checks.

A Home Office spokesman said: "We are working hard to track down people breaking the UK’s immigration laws and are carrying out regular operations in the West Midlands.

"We welcome information about suspected immigration abuse and would urge members of the public to get in touch."

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

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