Slough resident, Paramjeet Singh Talwar, has had his personal licence revoked at Slough Borough Council’s Licensing Sub Committee, following the revelation that he employed an illegal over stayer at one of his licensed premises in Hayes, Middlesex.
On 21 June last year an operation took place at Muskan Food and Wine, 4 Clayton Place, Hayes with the Metropolitan Police, HMRC and Immigration Officers under Section 179 of the licensing act 2003.
At the licensed premises, officers came across a person by the name of Simardeep Singh, an Indian national who was working there, and employed by Mr Talwar.
The officers established and confirmed that Mr Singh was an illegal over stayer in the UK and as such had committed an offence under section 23(1) (b) (i) of the Immigration Act 1971.
On interviewing Mr Talwar, he confirmed that he had not taken the necessary checks as an employer of Mr Singh’s eligibility to work in the UK.
Mr Talwar was served with a Civil Penalty Notice on the day of the visit and a subsequent Civil Penalty was issued for £10,000 which was reduced to £7,000 because of fast payment.
In addition, the Metropolitan Police put review applications in for Muskan Food and Wine and another premises owned and run by Mr Talwar, both of which have since been revoked by Hillingdon Borough Council.
As a result of these offences, councillors were unanimous in the decision at Slough Borough Council’s Licensing Sub Committee to revoke Mr Talwar’s personal licence.
A personal licence is required by anyone authorising the sale of alcohol from a licensed premises. Each premises must have an allocated personal licence holder called a designated premises supervisor (DPS).
Cllr Pavitar K. Mann, cabinet member for regulation and consumer protection, said: “This case highlights the importance of all employers to perform the necessary checks when they employ workers.
“No one is above the law, and if you are harbouring an illegal over stayer we will find you and action will be taken that could affect your livelihood. It’s simply not worth the risk.”