WESTCLIFF Restaurant’s licence revoked

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A restaurant has had its alcohol and late night food licence revoked after three workers were found to have been employed illegally.

Home Office Immigration Enforcement carried out an intelligence led operation at the Padrino Italian restaurant in Shorefield Road, Westcliff, on Friday 25 January, and detained three Albanian men – aged 27, 28 and 34 – who had entered the UK illegally and had no permission to work.
The men were being paid around £45 to £50 a day in cash. Their documents had not been checked and neither they nor their employer were paying national insurance.
Following the raid, Essex Police applied to Southend-on-Sea Borough Council for a review of the restaurant’s licence.
At a hearing on Friday 29 March, a sub-committee of the licensing committee revoked the restaurant’s licence to sell alcohol at any time or sell hot food after 11pm.
The business owners also face a potential civil penalty from the Home Office of up to £20,000 for each of the illegal workers discovered on the premises.
Gordon Ashford, manager of Essex Police’s Licensing Team, said: “When businesses employ workers illegally, we often find they pay them very little or sometimes nothing at all.
“They also fail to contribute to their pensions or pay National Insurance contributions, and their actions have a wider impact on other businesses and workers who are acting legally.”
Carl Robinson, Director of Public Protection at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, said: “This case should serve as a stark reminder to employers – and in particular licensed premises – of their legal duties to check employees’ right to work in the UK, pay a fair wage and ensure national insurance contributions are made.”
The restaurant has 21 days from receiving notice of the committee’s decision to appeal to the magistrates’ court.

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