Kettering shop facing action after illegal workers found

Two illegal workers were found after an immigration raid at a Kettering shop.

Saturday, 16th November 2019, 6:00 am
The Bryant Road shop. Credit: Google
The Bryant Road shop. Credit: Google

Bryant Road Stores in Bryant Road could now face action after Northamptonshire Police called for their licence to be suspended this month.

The shop was visited by immigration enforcement officers on October 3 and one man working behind the counter, an Indian national, was found to have entered the UK illegally.

Another man was putting stock on shelves and when immigration officers entered he tried to leave the shop but was stopped.

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He told them he was just helping out and was not working but was identified as an 'overstayer', someone who was granted permission to enter or remain in the UK but didn't leave on the date indicated.

Both men were arrested and the shop's premises licence holder Hajinder Singh could also face a civil penalty.

Police now want Kettering Council to consider suspending their premises licence to "prevent crime and disorder".

PC David Bryan said: "This would be as a punitive measure to deter the premises being used as a vehicle for this criminal activity and prevent the exploitation of vulnerable individuals, which also involves defrauding the revenue."

They want the shop to adhere to strict conditions once the suspension has ceased including a full HR management system, all staff providing identification showing they have the right to work and CCTV covering the shop which must be made available to police.

The application will be decided by Kettering Council's licensing committee.

Anyone wanting to make a representation on the review can email [email protected] by December 3.