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THREE ARRESTED IN IMMIGRATION RAIDS

tottiescowesimmigrationraid2EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Immigration officers have arrested one person following a raid at a popular takeaway in Cowes this afternoon (Thursday). 

Around 9 Home Office officials descended on Totties Fish and Chips in Cowes High Street at around 15:30, entering the property and conducting a search of the living quarters above the shop.

Witnesses have described loud banging coming from the premises with the moving of furniture. The search lasted around 90 minutes.

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One male has been detained and was escorted to an Immigration Enforcement cell van and will now be questioned in custody.

tottiescowesimmigrationraid4UPDATE FRIDAY @ 11:30 – A spokesperson for the South Central Home Office Immigration Enforcement team has confirmed to Island Echo this morning that officers also visited Costcutter on Granville Road, Totland Bay, and Monsoon Indian Restaurant in Ryde yesterday, where individuals were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK.

A 39-year-old Turkish man (pictured) was arrested on suspicion of working in breach of his visa conditions.

Meanwhile in Ryde, a 20-year-old Bangladeshi man who was working in breach of his visa conditions was arrested at Monsoon, which was visited by Immigration officers at about 17:55. A 37-year-old man from Bangladesh who had entered the country illegally was also found to be working, but was not arrested.

At 18:20 last night, it has been confirmed officers visited Costcutters in Toland where they arrested a 48-year-old Sri Lankan man who was a failed asylum seeker.

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The 20-year-old man arrested at Monsoon was transferred to immigration detention pending removal from the country.

The Turkish man arrested at Totties takeaway currently remains detained while he is questioned by immigration officers, while the Sri Lankan national and 37-year-old Bangladeshi man have been placed on immigration bail while their cases are progressed. All three also face removal from the country if found to have no leave to remain in the UK.

homeofficeimmigrationraidThe businesses were served notices warning that a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per illegal worker found will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out. This is a potential total of up to £10,000 each for Totties and Costcutter and £20,000 for Monsoon.

Carla Johnson, from the South Central Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said:

“Businesses on the Isle of Wight that follow the rules have nothing to fear, but those who either deliberately employ people with no right to work or fail to carry out the legally required checks on their staff should expect to face heavy financial penalties.

“Illegal working has a negative impact on communities. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.

“I would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”

Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visithttp://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/preventing-illegal-working/ or they can call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699. 

Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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