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LLANDUDNO BUSINESS FACES IMMIGRATION FINE


WHEN officers working for the Home Office visited the Bengal Dynasty Tandoori Restaurant in Llandudno in July this year to carry out immigration checks on staff they arrested a Bangladeshi man who had overstayed his visa. As a result the Bengal Dynasty was served with a penalty notice, and will now have to prove that it carried out right- to-work checks on the man, or face a fine of up to £10,000. This was the third time that officers have visited the restaurant. The most recent of these was in May this year, when the business was fined £5000 for employing an illegal worker. Richard Johnson from Home Office Immigration Enforcement said: “Where we find people living and working illegally in the UK we will seek to remove them. Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business or someone is living in the UK illegally can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.” n


TripAdvisor row chef fights his corner


WHEN a diner felt aggrieved by the level of service and quality of food at a Berkshire restaurant, he decided to post his feelings, and some words of advice, in an anonymous online complaint on TripAdvisor. However owner Kiren Puri


replied, mounting a staunch defence of his staff and accusing the customer of being a habitual complainer. The online row between the pair has now been viewed thousands of times and has resulted in messages of support for Mr Puri who runs the


Blade Bone Inn, not far from Reading.


The diner described it as ‘one of the worst evenings out in a while’ and gave the venue, which is close to the family home of the Duchess of Cambridge, one star out of five. But Mr Puri, who trained at the Roux brothers’ Waterside Inn at Bray, also in Berkshire, disagreed with the diner’s assessment of the evening, and submitted a 1000 word


reply, rebutting the criticism.


Mr Puri said his


motive was to to defend his hardworking staff.“Everyone has their right to their opinion, but I did not think it was fair on my staff that evening. This is not a matter of my ego, this was for all the people who work here, day in day out, 16 to 18 hours a day, and it was not fair when it is so distorted,” he has stated. n


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