Illegal immigrant hid on roof of Frinton curry house

AN illegal immigrant was found shivering on the roof of a curry house as he tried to hide from immigration officers.

The 33-year-old man was one of three Bangladeshi illegal immigrants found when the Last Viceroy of British India restaurant, in Connaught Avenue, Frinton, was raided earlier this month.

Details of the operation have just been released by the UK Border Agency, which also confirmed the man had been deported.

Insp Cheryl Daldry, from the agency, said: “When officers entered the premises, we could hear instructions being shouted upstairs for people in the accommodation above the restaurant to make some kind of escape.

“One man was found shivering on the roof, while another had locked himself in an upstairs room, so we had to make a forced entry.”

The agency said both men had outstayed their visas and no longer had permission to be in the UK.

Checks revealed a third man, aged 24, who was working in the restaurant, was also there illegally and further deportation orders are now being arranged.

The restaurant could face a fine of as much as £10,000 if it fails to prove it carried out adequate checks on the man who was working there.

The arrests coincide with a major publicity campaign warning employers of the penalties they face if caught employing illegal immigrants.

Insp Daldry added: “There is no excuse for an employer failing to check the identity of those applying for jobs. There are simple and straightforward ways of checking a foreign national’s right to work in the UK.

“We support and encourage employers to comply with the rules and those who fail to do so can expect to get caught.”

A tough new penalty system was brought in last year to tackle bosses who fail to check up on would-be workers from outside Europe.

So far this year, 15 businesses in Essex have been fined a total of £130,000.

The owner of the Last Viceroy of British India declined to comment.

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3:41pm Thu 24 Dec 09

gavin says...

And was Baroness Scotland fined £10,000 for employing an illegal immigrant?

Of course not. One rule for government ministers and one for the rest of us. (yet again!)
And was Baroness Scotland fined £10,000 for employing an illegal immigrant? Of course not. One rule for government ministers and one for the rest of us. (yet again!) gavin
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3:45pm Thu 24 Dec 09

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Surely not...in Frinton?
What is the place coming too?

I say bring back the gates and then keep them locked!
Surely not...in Frinton? What is the place coming too? I say bring back the gates and then keep them locked! Say It As It Is OK?
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4:00pm Thu 24 Dec 09

froggie says...

Regarding the man on the roof, I hope the Border Agency chaps make sure they haven't got the wrong man before they deport him.

Was he wearing a red coat and had white whiskers with a sleigh and reindeer waiting to aid his escape?
Regarding the man on the roof, I hope the Border Agency chaps make sure they haven't got the wrong man before they deport him. Was he wearing a red coat and had white whiskers with a sleigh and reindeer waiting to aid his escape? froggie
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5:19pm Thu 24 Dec 09

pdelaney says...

froggie wrote:
Regarding the man on the roof, I hope the Border Agency chaps make sure they haven't got the wrong man before they deport him. Was he wearing a red coat and had white whiskers with a sleigh and reindeer waiting to aid his escape?
LOL LOL
[quote][p][bold]froggie[/bold] wrote: Regarding the man on the roof, I hope the Border Agency chaps make sure they haven't got the wrong man before they deport him. Was he wearing a red coat and had white whiskers with a sleigh and reindeer waiting to aid his escape?[/p][/quote]LOL LOL pdelaney
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5:49pm Fri 25 Dec 09

haggydaggy says...

froggie I think you were right, check out the New Year specials menu 'reindeer bhuna and madras'
froggie I think you were right, check out the New Year specials menu 'reindeer bhuna and madras' haggydaggy
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1:34pm Sat 26 Dec 09

Mike Burns says...

This isn't fair to the indigenous population. Employing illegal workers. £10 000 max fine , average £5 000 is clearly no deterant.

It should be far higher and prison sentence for a second offence.

I would like to call upon all residents in Frinton to boycott this restaurant. It really isn't fair trading to local competitors.
This isn't fair to the indigenous population. Employing illegal workers. £10 000 max fine , average £5 000 is clearly no deterant. It should be far higher and prison sentence for a second offence. I would like to call upon all residents in Frinton to boycott this restaurant. It really isn't fair trading to local competitors. Mike Burns
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9:48pm Sun 27 Dec 09

Boris says...

Mike, the prisons are full. Keep the cells for people who are a serious threat to the public. Anyway, as gavin says, Baroness Scotland got away with just paying a fine, so why lock up the restaurant owner?
Mike, the prisons are full. Keep the cells for people who are a serious threat to the public. Anyway, as gavin says, Baroness Scotland got away with just paying a fine, so why lock up the restaurant owner? Boris
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