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Lewisham Indian restaurant hit with £15,000 fine
OWNERS of an Indian restaurant in Lewisham have been hit with a dosa justice after three illegal workers were found working there.
UK Border Agency officers raided Everest King Curry, Loampit Hill, on November 25 and arrested three Sri Lankan members of staff.
Immigration checks revealed that the men, aged 33, 43 and 52, had stayed in the UK illegally after their asylum claims were rejected.
An agency spokesman said Everest King Curry was issued with a potential fine notice for employing illegal workers and given an opportunity to prove that the correct right-to-work checks were made before the men were taken on.
The owners failed to do so and have been handed a fine of £15,000.
Two of the men have now been removed from the country while another has permission to reside temporarily in the UK.
Jill Smith, from the south London enforcement team, said: "The message is clear for employers — we will not tolerate illegal working and we will take firm action against those who ignore the rules."