Three arrested by immigration officers in raid on Chinese takeaway

Dream Gourmet New Milton
The immigration enforcement officers’ van outside Dream Gourmet in New Milton

IMMIGRATION officers arrested three people in a raid on a Chinese takeaway in New Milton.


Acting on a tip-off, they swooped on Dream Gourmet in Old Milton Road at 6.30pm last Thursday.

As well as the arrests, they hit the outlet with a civil penalty referral – which could result in a fine of up to £40,000.

A Home Office spokesman confirmed to the A&T a 31-year-old Chinese man was arrested as checks showed he had overstayed his visa. He was formally detained pending removal from the UK.

The officers also encountered a 42-year-old Chinese man and checks determined he entered the UK illegally. He was placed on immigration bail while his case is progressed.

A 47-year-old woman was apprehended on suspicion of obstructing an immigration officer. She was later released on bail pending further enquiries.

The spokesman added: “Dream Gourmet was served a civil penalty referral notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker will be imposed unless the employer can demonstrate that appropriate right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work.

“This is a potential total of up to £40,000.”

Information to help employers carry out checks to prevent illegal working can be found at