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Premises licence revoked due to a set of immigration breaches

On  Monday, 23 April, the Sandhurst Tandoori restaurant at 80 High Street, Sandhurst, had its licence revoked by a panel of members from Bracknell Forest Council's Licensing Committee. 

Bracknell Forest Council’s licensing team is advising all licensed premises in the borough to ensure they have carried out checks on all their staff to ensure they have the right to work in the UK.

The licence had been called in for review by Home Office Immigration Enforcement following a series of immigration offences detected at the premises. The Government’s guidance on the Licensing Act 2003 states that the employment of illegal workers by licensed premises is a particularly serious criminal matter.

It was highlighted at the hearing that the practice of employing persons with no right to work in the UK is commonly associated with other crimes such as tax evasion, employees being paid below the minimum wage, workers being exploited and living in poor conditions, and encourages illegal migration and the taking of risks to enter the country illegally.

The Public Protection Partnership (PPP) is a shared service that delivers the licensing service across Bracknell Forest, West Berkshire and Wokingham Borough Councils. It regularly carries out joint visits with Home Office Immigration Enforcement to licensed premises to provide advice, and, to check for compliance with licence conditions and legislation.

Steve Loudoun, chairman of the public protection joint management board, said:

“Following the recent revocation of the premises licence we are advising all licensed premises across Bracknell Forest, West Berkshire and Wokingham Borough Councils to review the right to work documents of all of their staff to ensure that they are entitled to work in the UK.”

The Public Protection Partnership is a shared service of Bracknell Forest Council, West Berkshire Council and Wokingham Borough Council and delivers environmental health, licensing and trading standards functions.