Friday, November 21, 2008

Conservative Councillor - Illegal Immigrants

A councillor fined £15,000 after three illegal immigrants were arrested working in his Chinese restaurant earlier this year has appealed.
The Canton Restaurant, run by Cllr Patrick Chung and his family, in Hatter Street, Bury St Edmunds, was just one of four takeaways raided by border and immigration officials in August, when a total of 10 workers were arrested.

Cllr Chung told the Bury Free Press at the time of the arrests that he believed he had been adhering to the correct employment procedure.

He has since appealed against the fine.

Cllr Chung, who is on Bury Town Council, said: "We just got a warning from them and then they raised the fine to £15,000. We are sending all the evidence and documents but I'm leaving all of it to my solicitor now."

Other takeaways raided were Top Garden, in High Baxter Street, Bury, New Hung Tao House, in Westgate Street, Bury, and Elmswell Chinese Takeaway, in School Road.

A spokeswoman for the UK Border Agency confirmed three immigration offenders were arrested by Felixstowe Enforcement Unit and a penalty of £15,000 was issued on September 1.

The spokeswoman said the appeal was still under consideration.

"If the penalty is upheld at the objection stage, the employer can then appeal to the courts. As this case is still within its appeal rights, we cannot comment on its status," she added.


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