Pair set to be deported following raid on Swansea restaurant
TWO Bangladeshi men are awaiting deportation from the UK following a raid on one of Swansea's best known Indian restaurants.
Officers from the UK Border Agency swooped on the Mumbai restaurant in Blackpill following information received from a member of the public.
The officers checked the immigration status of all the staff at the popular venue and found a 26-year-old chef and a 24-year-old waiter were working there illegally.
Both were said to have stayed in the UK after their visas expired.
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But this was disputed by one of the owners of the Mill Lane restaurant, Rokid Miah, who said the pair had valid visas to work in the country until 2013 and 2014.
He said he had copies of their visas which showed they were entitled to work while studying in Swansea — and that no action had been taken against the same members of staff following a visit by border agency officers in May this year.
The chef and waiter were taken to Swansea Central police station before being transferred to immigration detention, pending their removal from Britain.
Andrew Hogan, of the UK Border Agency, said: "Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who are legally entitled to work and undercutting law-abiding businesses.
"The UK Border Agency is determined to stamp out the problem of illegal working and we want the public to contact us if they have any information on businesses or people who are flouting immigration law.
"We are sending a simple, clear message to people who are in the country illegally — more raids are planned."