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Immigration dangers highlighted by Carlisle restaurant


he need to be careful about who res- taurant owners allow to visit their premises was recently highlighted by the Viceroy restaurant in Carlisle. A Bangladeshi man was arrested there in July after a raid by officers of the UK Border Agency. It turned out that the man, who was visiting friends at the restaurant, had over stayed illegally, but the experience was still a salutary lesson.


Alamagir Ali, whose father opened the restaurant in 1991, said the inci- dent underlined the dangers which are posed by people who may have out- stayed their visas. According to Mr Ali “The man who was arrested here was unknown to the management team and has never worked here. He was visit- ing somebody at our restaurant and it shows that you even have to be careful about the people you allow to visit your premises.”


The UK Border Agency later confirmed they had no reason to believe the man arrested at the Viceroy was working


there. Alison Wray, head of enforce- ment for the UK Border Agency in the North West, stressed her staff are happy to work with businesses and advise what checks should be carried out on employees. “But those who do break the law should know that they will face heavy fines,” she added.


For more information, visit www.ukba. homeoffice.gov.uk/business-spon- sors/preventing-illegal-working. Or businesses can call the UK Border Agency’s Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.


Tavistock £500k investment in Indian Restaurant


Tavistock Leisure has invested £500,000 to turn the The Plough pub in Haswell, County Durham, into a 90- cover Indian restaurant.


The Mumbai Exemplary Indian Cuisine at Haswell Plough will be owned by Tavistock and run by brothers Sabir, Thaher and Nasir Ahmed, who have operated a number of restaurants and takeaways in the North East.


Mark Hird, managing director of Tavistock Leisure, said: “We have noticed there is a definite trend in cities like Leeds and Bradford – which are renowned for the quality of their Indian food - for restaurants to move out of the city centre and to become more of a destination that people are happy to travel to.


“The food that is going to be on offer at Mumbai will include a lot of Indian favourites but with some specialities which will create a real fine dining experience at the same time.”


Tavistock also runs the Best Western Roker Hotel in Sunderland and the Best Western Grand Hotel in Hartlepool.


Spice Business Magazine


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Sept/Oct 2012


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