Brighton’s Donatello could lose license after illegal workers are found

Italian restaurant Donatello could be fined £120,000 and could lose its operating license after six illegal workers were found.

Immigration officials searched the restaurant in Brighton Place, Brighton, on November 9 after receiving intelligence information and found a Russian man, four Uzbek men and an Ivory Coast woman.

The Uzbek men were arrested and detained for violating their visa requirements and are being “treated in accordance with immigration regulations”.

The other two workers were released on bail.

The Home Office has now asked Brighton and Hove City Council to review the Italian restaurant’s license on grounds of “preventing crime and disorder”.

Restaurant chefs also received a notice telling them they could be slapped with a maximum fine of £120,000.

Donatello has denied the allegations.

A spokesman for the restaurant said: “It is correct that an application has been made to the Council for a review of the license for the Donatello premises.

“This request is based on a number of allegations which we categorically deny and we are confident that the review will result in no action being taken.

“As the matter is now subject to the review process, we will not comment further.”

A Home Office spokesman said: “The Government is tackling illegal immigration and the damage it causes by removing those who have no right to be in the UK.

“We continue to work with law enforcement agencies to combat illegal migration in all its forms.”

An investigation into modern slavery was launched last year after an illegal worker was found at Saltdean News on December 16, 2021.

Sussex Police officers also found another illegal immigrant in a building in Portslade owned by licensees Krunal Chandrakant Patel and Kirma Krunal Patel.

The Patels have been accused of paying migrant workers “a pittance” and housing them in unsafe conditions.

Sussex Police asked Brighton and Hove City Council to review Saltdean News’ alcohol license that same month and notified the Patels. Brighton’s Donatello could lose license after illegal workers are found

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