A Chelmsford takeaway is at risk of being shut down after allegedly employing illegal workers, a council report has revealed.
PFC in Moulsham Street was visited by police and immigration officers in on June 2 based on intelligence received by the Home Office.
Officers reportedly encountered two Sri Lankan individuals at the scene who both had no right to work in the UK.
Essex Police officers also found three sets of bunkbeds in a room above the restaurant that could have been used to house the two workers.
They found that a female individual was not accepting a salary but ‘doing a favour for the owner’ and had been there for a number of weeks, according to the report.
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The other individual confirmed he had worked at the shop for a year, was being paid £7.50 per hour and paying £55 per week rent for his accommodation above the premises, the report states.
He was taken into custody by officers at the scene.
The licence holder for the premises, Raja Balal Hussain, allegedly did not carry out any right to work checks on his workers.
A Licensing Committee Agenda document from Chelmsford City Council says: “In this case, two persons were found to be working illegally on the premises.
“The local Police Licensing Officer Nigel Dermott has been unable to identify any due dilligence checks that have been carried out by the licence holder which in his opinion is indication of a clear lack of managerial control.”
The future of the business will be decided at a public hearing to review the premises licence on September 5 at 11am.
Source: Essex Live