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Illegal chef caught in Thai restaurant

Illegal chef caught in Thai restaurant

PHUKET: The owners of Phuket Thai restaurant are facing a fine of close to half a million baht after one of their foreign employees was caught without a work permit.

Tuesday 2 August 2011, 04:14AM

The twist – Phuket Thai is not in Phuket. Nor is it even in Thailand.

As authorities on Phuket crack down on foreigners earning their living on the island without work permits, so too have authorities in the southwest English county of Cornwall clamped down on foreign illegals.

In one of several raids in the town last week, UK Border Agency officials swooped on the Phuket Thai restaurant in the tourist town of Newquay, discovering a 31-year-old Thai man holding a tourist visa but working as a chef.

The Thai man now finds himself in detention awaiting deportation from the UK, while the business owners face a hefty fine of £10,000 (B490,000).

Four other illegal foreign workers were also caught the same day in separate raids on restaurants in the town.

Kenny Chapman, who heads the UK Border Agency’s local immigration team for the South West, was quoted by the website ThisisCornwall.co.uk as saying: “This series of successful operations shows that we are committed to tracking down immigration offenders wherever they are.

“We will not tolerate illegal working which undercuts wages and exploits vulnerable workers.”

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