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Premises licence revoked due to a set of immigration breaches

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Premises licence revoked due to a set of immigration breaches 4th May 2018

On 23 April the Sandhurst Tandoori restaurant at 80 High Street, Sandhurst, had their premises licence revoked by a panel of Members from Bracknell Forest Council's Licensing Committee.

Bracknell Forest Council's Licensing Team is advising all licensed premises in the Borough to ensure they have carried out checks on all their staff to ensure they have the right to work in the UK.

The licence had been called in for review by Home Office Immigration Enforcement following a series of immigration offences detected at the premises. The Government's guidance on the Licensing Act 2003 states that the employment of illegal workers by licensed premises is a particularly serious criminal matter.

It was highlighted at the hearing that the practice of employing persons with no right to work in the UK is commonly associated with other crimes such as tax evasion, employees being paid below the minimum wage, workers being exploited and living in poor conditions, and encourages illegal migration and the taking of risks to enter the country illegally.

Steve Loudoun, Chairman of the Public Protection Joint Management Board, said: "Following the recent revocation of the premises licence we are advising all licensed premises across Bracknell Forest, West Berkshire and Wokingham Borough Councils to review the right to work documents of all of their staff to ensure that they are entitled to work in the UK."

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