Louth restaurant could lose licence following immigration raids

The raid at Bollywood Fusion on September 25 this year.
The raid at Bollywood Fusion on September 25 this year.

Louth restaurant and takeaway, Bollywood Fusion in Eastgate, is set to have its premises licence reviewed by East Lindsey District Council next week after two illegal workers were discovered on site.

The staff members, aged 22 and 29, were discovered to be working in breach of their immigration conditions following a raid by Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers on September 25.

ELDC’s Licencing Act 2003 Sub Committee will meet on Wednesday morning (November 26) and will consider a variety of options, including the possible suspension or full revocation of Bollywood Fusion’s premises licence, which has been held by Mr Abdul Choudhury since October 2011.

Lincolnshire Police are seeking the revocation of the restaurant’s premises licence, and it is expected that the option will be seriously considered.

The Home Office guidance states that knowingly employing a person who is unlawfully in the United Kingdom, or who cannot lawfully be employed as a result of a condition on that person’s leave to enter the United Kingdom, should be treated “particularly seriously” by licensing authorities.

The Licencing Sub Committee must ensure that its decision can withstand scrutiny in terms of proportionality, and it must consider the premises licence holder’s right to respect for private and family life in accordance with Article Eight of the European Convention on Human Rights, as the licence is crucial to their livelihood.