Asylum seeker hid in loft at Ashburton takeaway
A FAILED asylum seeker tried to hide from immigration officers in a loft above a toilet at a South Devon Indian takeaway.
The raid by officers from the UK Border Agency was carried out at Shahnaz Tandoori, in West Street, Ashburton.
As officers entered the takeaway, a Bangladeshi man attempted to hide in a loft space above a toilet at the rear of the premises.
He was caught and questioned and found to be a 26-year-old failed asylum seeker who remained in the UK illegally after his claim for protection was turned down, a Border Agency statement said.
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The man is currently detained at a UK Border Agency immigration removal centre.
Four other men from Bangladesh were arrested at the Cinnamon Tree restaurant in Sidmouth, after the Border Agency received information about possible illegal workers.
The four were taken to Launceston police station and are due to be transferred to immigration detention to await removal from the UK.
Richard Taylor, of the UK Border Agency, said: "We will not accept foreign nationals who break our immigration laws and are carrying out frequent operations across Devon.
"I hope operations like these send out the message that we will not tolerate illegal working.
"Employers who take on illegal workers are both fuelling illegal immigration and damaging the majority of legitimate businesses who play by the rules."
Cinnamon Tree and Shahnaz Tandoori now face penalties of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker unless evidence is provided the correct right-to-work checks were made on the staff before they were employed.