IMMIGRATION raids have been carried out at two Isle of Wight businesses — and six men were found to be working illegally.

The businesses, both Indian restaurants and takeaways, could each be fined £60,000.

Acting on intelligence, Home Office immigration enforcement officers visited Eastern Eye, in Sandown High Street, and Monsoon, in Ryde High Street, on Wednesday evening.

At Eastern Eye, which was visited at 7.15pm. three men were found to be working illegally.

A 16-year-old Iraqi national and a 22-year-old Bangladeshi national had no permission to work, while a 56-year-old, also from Bangladesh, had overstayed his visa.

The older Bangladeshi man was transferred to immigration detention pending his removal from the UK, while the younger Bangladeshi was escorted from the premises by immigration officers.

Safeguarding and social service checks were carried out on the Iraqi national and he was returned to his foster family.

At Monsoon, which was visited at 10.15pm, officers found three Bangladeshi men working there illegally.

A 29-year-old and 42-year-old had both overstayed their visas, while a 33-year-old had no permission to work.

The younger man was transferred to immigration detention pending his removal from the UK, while the other two were ordered to report to immigration enforcement while their cases are progressed.

The 42-year-old also has an outstanding application.

A Home Office spokesperson said : "The businesses were served civil penalty referral notices warning financial penalties of up to £20,000 per illegal worker found will be imposed unless the employer can demonstrate appropriate right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work.

"If proof is not provided, this is a potential total of up to £60,000 for both Eastern Eye and Monsoon."