Stamford convenience store faces possible £20,000 fine for employing illegal worker

  Posted: 30.06.20 at 12:51 by The Editor

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A Stamford business faces a possible £20,000 fine for employing an illegal worker.

In addition, Lincolnshire Police are recommending South Kesteven District Council revokes its premises license, which allows the store to sell alcohol or late-night refreshment.

After a tip-off, Lincolnshire Police and Home Office Immigration officers visited Today’s Extra at 50 Kesteven Road, Stamford, on March 12 and found an Indian national operating a till and serving a customer.

A council report says they then found two Sri Lankan nationals in a flat upstairs, which appeared to be staff accommodation, who the police also believed to have worked in the store.

The report, prepared for this Friday’s (July 3) meeting of SKDC’s Alcohol, Entertainment and Late Night Refreshment Licensing Committee, said checks were made on the individuals.

The Indian man found behind the counter was allowed to be in the UK, but his immigration status did not allow him to work.

A Sir Lankan man had entered the UK illegally and was now under arrest.

A Sri Lankan woman had an outstanding asylum claim and like the other Sir Lankan, had no right to work.

Immigration Officers were in the process of serving a civil penalty notice against the store (‘generally £20,000 per worker) in relation to the Indian found working.

Police also found other licensing breaches including a lack of record keeping at the store, no paperwork concerning the illegal worker and staff unable to use the CCTV system.

Lincolnshire Police, who applied to SKDC on May 12, for the premises license to be reviewed, requested the council's licensing committee “seriously consider a revocation of the premises license.”

The premises license holder, the report continued, is Mr Arumugam Kalahoham. He was subject to an earlier premises license review in October 2018 when he was the premises licence holder of Today’s Express in Market Place, Grantham, it said.

The review followed an illegal worker being found at the premises and other breaches of licensing regulations, which led SKDC to revoke his premises license then.

The council report also noted the Indian national found working behind the counter was later interviewed by immigration staff.

He told them he had been working behind the counter and stacking shelves at the store for about a month. He was receiving food and accommodation, but no pay.

The Indian said he was given the job by ‘the owner’ and another person, without showing any documentation.

“I am here for food and accommodation. I am helping,” he told the officials.

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