Romford chicken shop has licence revoked after employing illegal worker
PUBLISHED: 15:45 04 April 2017
A chicken shop had its licence revoked after once again employing an illegal immigrant, despite having previously been warned by a committee.
The licensing sub-committee met on Tuesday to discuss New Tasty Chicken, Station Chambers, Victoria Road, Romford, after police submitted an application for its licence to be reviewed.
In the report, Pc Oisin Daly describes how the UK Border Agency executed a warrant on the shop last month and found a Pakistani man who did not have the relevant entitlement to work in the UK, working at the premises.
A licensing review was held last year after police found the shop had employed illegal workers and several conditions was added to its premises licence.
Pc Daly aid: “It is the opinion of the police that the venue has shown an absolute disregard not only for the police but for the decision of the licensing sub-committee at the hearing on November 30.
“There have been clear breaches of the licence and in employing illegal workers, they defraud HMRC and exploit vulnerable persons by paying them less than the minimum wage.
“Police respectfully ask the sub-committee give serious consideration to the revocation of the licence for this venue.”
GT Licensing Consultant Graham Hopkins spoke on behalf of the premises licence holder Mr Amer Khan who went to Pakistan for six weeks after his mother-in-law was taken ill.
Mr Hopkins says that he left a “long-term friend” in charge of the shop while he was away.
He said: “Mr Khan is truly sorry and remorseful for what has happened. This is a situation which was not caused by deliberate wrong-doing and he has learnt his lesson.”
Chairman Cllr Dillip Patel said the licence is being revoked due to Mr Khan failing to comply with the licensing conditions, employing illegal workers and “leaving the business in the hands of someone who does not know the conditions of the business”.
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