A GOVERNMENT raid on a Chelsea restaurant led three illegal workers to be ejected from the UK.

Border officials visited The Wine Gallery, in Hollywood Road, last Monday (November 2) to question workers on their immigration status.

Three Brazilian kitchen staff, aged between 23 and 39, were arrested for staying in the country after their visas expired and removed from Britain on Wednesday (November 4).

A 55-year-old cleaner from the Philippines was also arrested for working in breach of her visa conditions.

The Wine Gallery could now be fined up to £40,000 unless it can prove that the correct checks were carried out on workers.

Chief immigration officer Shahen Galichian, who led the operation, said: “Illegal working is not a victimless crime. It undercuts honest employers and has a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work.

“We are happy to work with businesses to ensure the right checks are done on staff, but those who do break the law will face action.”

Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.