Police welcome decision to remove Durham restaurant licences

 08/02/2019

​POLICE have welcomed the decision to strip a restaurant chain of two licences over concerns about the employment of illegal workers.
 
Earlier this week, Durham County Council’s Statutory Licensing Committee made the decision to revoke the licences of Lebaneat and the Lebaneat Wrap House, both in Durham City.
 
The decision comes after multi-agency raids in August last year, featuring both police officers from Durham Constabulary and immigration enforcement officers from the Home Office.
 
Two illegal workers were found at both sites, prompting the licensing authority to hold a premises review.
 
Following the hearing, Inspector Rachel Stockdale said: “Durham Constabulary will not tolerate anyone using illegal workers.
 
“Not only is there the cost to the economy and cost to lawful businesses, the workers are exploited due to their vulnerabilities which can lead to modern day slavery and encourages human trafficking.
 
“Working in partnership with Immigration enforcement, HMIC and County Councils we will always look to work jointly to protect such vulnerable people and Durham Police will take action to prevent exploitation”.