Illegal workers detained following raid of takeaway

A Chinese takeaway in Carnoustie was the target of a raid by immigration authorities resulting in the detention of two men earlier this week.

The Imperial Restaurant, Dundee Street, was raided by officers from the UK Border Agency on Tuesday evening as part of an investigation into the legal working status of employees.

A spokesperson for the UK Border Agency said: “Checks on the 
immigration status of a member of staff, a Chinese national aged 50, found he had entered the UK without leave to do so.

“He was arrested and is currently detained pending removal from the UK.

“Another employee, a Chinese national aged 39, 
was arrested pending further record checks. If he is found to have no right 
to be in the UK, he will 
be removed.”

Significant financial penalties could be in store for The Imperial Restaurant should the employers be unable to provide evidence that legally required pre-employment checks were carried out before giving the detained men jobs. This could take the form of a 
fine of up to £30,000.

The raid comes just five weeks after the Harbour City Hot Food takeaway restaurant in Arbroath was the subject of a similar 
investigation.

In that instance three Chinese nationals were found to be working illegally and were detained pending their deportation.

In addition £25,000 found secreted in a bin was seized by authorities under the Proceeds of Crime Act.