‘Under suspicion’ takeaway’s plea to home office

Lee Choy outside the Lotus Express
Lee Choy outside the Lotus Express

A TAKEAWAY boss facing a £10,000 fine after being raided by border officials could escape punishment after Home Office chiefs stepped in.

Immigration police swooped on Lotus Express, in Stockton Road, Hartlepool, in January and a staff member was taken away, as reported in the Mail.

The 47-year-old man arrested was from China, and it is understood he was a failed asylum seeker who did not have the correct documentation to work in the UK.

The worker was immediately subject to a deportation procedure, which is ongoing, while bosses at the takeaway were threatened with a £10,000 fine while investigations were carried out.

It has since emerged that the worker had used false identification papers to get a job and business owner Lee Choy appealed to the Home Office to have the fine overturned after outlining her case.