Tamworth Restaurant manager speaks out after immigration raid

Monday, 21st May 2018

THE owners of a restaurant which was the subject of a raid from the UK Border Agency in April has approached Tamworth Informed to have their say on the incident.

Blue Water Restaurant on Silver Street in Tamworth Town Centre was raided by the UK Border Agency on Thursday 5 April in what was described as an intelligence-led visit and they were supported by officers from Tamworth Borough Council’s Licensing team.

During the raid, five Bangladeshi men between 18 and 36 and suspected illegal immigrants were arrested at the scene on suspicion of overstaying their visas.

In response, Mohammed Khan, the manager of the restaurant has said that at the time there were four men in the restaurant having a meal and that as they asked for privacy they were sat upstairs.  He says that these men were nothing to do with the restaurant and that they had never worked there.

The fifth man that was detained was conducting work experience which he had been granted permission to do on the Monday before the raid.

In an original report at the time by the Birmingham Mail, it stated: “During the joint operation, Tamworth Borough Council Licensing and Environmental Health officers found issues relating to the premises’ licence as well as food hygiene issues that they will now investigate further.” This is something the staff also wanted to clear up, saying that this was false.

Speaking on the report by the Birmingham Mail, which the restaurant says is false, they said: “There have been no further investigations at all, they [the inspectors] said that there was no issue with the licence, the food or the hygiene”

Mohammed Khan, manager at Blue Water also said: “We want to tell the people of Tamworth that we are still open and running here and we will be running here until our last breath.  We are very proud to serve Tamworth”

Tamworth Borough Council has been contacted in relation to any ongoing enforcement action and have not replied at this time.

Tamworth Informed can confirm that the Food Standards Agency still have Blue Water rated as a five-star establishment.  Their full report can be found here.

We can also confirm that since the inspection, unbeknown to the staff and management at the restaurant, one of our reporters has, at their own expense, eaten at the restaurant and are happy to highly recommend it.

We would also point out that out reporters involved in this video did not receive any gratuities (other than a glass of water and a J2O!) for covering this story.  This is to ensure we bring you the impartial news.

Blue Water can be found at 11 Silver Street, Tamworth and are open from 5.30pm – 11.30pm daily for restaurant and takeaway service.