UPDATE: Six illegal workers arrested in Crawley restaurant raid

Six illegal workers have been arrested after the UK Border Agency raided Charlie Choy’s restaurant.

Around ten agency members and police men stormed in to the venue in Crawley Leisure Park, at 5pm yesterday (Thursday February 21) after receiving information that some staff did not have the right to work in the UK.

Six diners and a large party of children witnessed the speedy operation.

Three Indians aged 25, 26 and 30 had overstayed their visas, two Indians aged 28 and 55 had entered the country illegally and a 37-year-old Pakistani was a failed asylum seeker.

All those arrested are currently in immigration detention while the UK Border Agency takes steps to remove them from the country.

The business was served a notice warning it of a fine of up to £60,000 - £10,000 per illegal worker found.

This will be imposed unless proof is provided to the UK Border Agency that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.

Carla Johnson, from the UK Border Agency, said: “We regularly carry out operations like this in Sussex, and where we find people who are in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them.

“Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, undermining legitimate businesses and taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work.

“More visits like this are being planned for Sussex and whilst we’re happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be done on staff, those who do break the law should know that we are out there looking for them and they will face heavy fines.”