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Illegal immigration fines stack up


RESTAURANTS in Wales are reported to have racked up £250,000 in unpaid fines for employing illegal immigrants. In all there are 38 businesses spread all around the country with outstanding fines, which range from a £2500 penalty imposed on the Golden Fry, in Rhymney, to the £20,000 penalties imposed on Natraj Tandoori, in Bridgend, and Red Hot China in Llanharan.


Monmouth MP David Davies said: “These fines


have been levied for a good reason and if they are not being paid we need strong enforcement action to ensure they are. If businesses are not willing to follow the rules or pay the fine we need strong action to shut them down because it is unfair on those other businesses.” Employment lawyer Nicholas Lakeland said firms who did not pay up could be dealt with through the civil courts and bailiffs could be sent round to take money from cash registers or seize goods to the value of the amounts owed. n


Dipna makes a Brilliant debut on TV show


DIPNA Anand of Southall’s award-wining Brilliant restaurant recently appeared alongside Tim Lovejoy and Amanda Byram on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. Her first cookbook, Beyond Brilliant: Inspired Indian Cooking, is also selling well. It details her top 50 Indian recipes, largely inspired by her family- owned restaurant, which serves up traditional Punjabi cuisine. n


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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014 ISSUE 52


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