A Horncastle curry house has had its premises licence revoked after immigration officers raided the premises and arrested a man on suspicion of being and working in the country illegally.
At a meeting of East Lindsey Alcohol Licensing Committee yesterday, Thursday September 25, the premises licence of Wania restaurant,in Bridge Street, was permanently revoked.
The move follows a visit on June 17 by officers from the Alcohol Licence Department, Immigration and HMRC. Acting on intelligence received, officers attended and searched the restaurant. A man was arrested by immigration officers on suspicion of illegally being in the country.
The ELDC committee agreed with police that the restaurant was undermining the licensing objectives in relation to the prevention of crime and disorder.
Sergeant 1040 Kimble Enderby said: “These joint agency operations are all intelligence-led, involving premises where we have received information that persons are being illegally employed at the venue.
“The decision of the Licensing Committee means that Wania will no longer be able to sell any alcohol and will be unable to sell food past 11pm. The premises has 21 days to lodge an appeal against the decision, if this is not made the Premises Licence is removed.
“Lincolnshire Police Alcohol Licensing is committed to the investigation, detection and prevention of all offences associated with or around licensed premises.
“This includes illegally employing workers, human trafficking and exploitation of persons, as well as ensuring the safety of members of our communities using these venues.
“We would actively encourage members of the public to come forward with any information of this kind information either by contacting the police direct or ringing Crimestoppers anonymously.”
A spokesman for the restaurant said they believed they had all the correct documentation in place regarding the worker.
He added: “We weren’t aware we had done anything wrong. It is very difficult to check. We are ashamed but it was an honest mistake.”
The spokesman went on to stress a comprehensive system of checks was now in place.