Immigration officials raid Indian restaurant

The Shampan restaurant, Pope Lane, Penwortham
The Shampan restaurant, Pope Lane, Penwortham
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Two men were arrested at a popular Indian restaurant on suspicion of immigration offences.

Immigration officials raided the Shampan restaurant on Pope Lane, Penwortham, on Wednesday evening and arrested two Bangladeshi men aged 32 and 34.

Both men later remained in detention pending removal from the UK.

The business, which was converted into a restaurant from the former Plough Inn pub in 2007, was issued with a notice of potential liability of up to £10,000 per illegal worker employed.

A Home Office spokesman said: “Illegal working is not victimless.

“It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.

“Our enforcement visits are intelligence-led and timed to maximise their effectiveness.

“We would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

- Nobody from the Shampan was available for comment.