Immigration Enforcement officials arrested seven people following raids at two Whitby restaurants on Thursday evening.
Kam Thai on Church Street and Passage to India were both visited as part of a ‘large-scale’ Home Office investigaton into suspected immigration crime in Whitby.
Janet Griffiths, from Home Office Criminal Investigations, said: “This was a large-scale operation to tackle suspected immigration abuse in Whitby.
“Our investigations will continue following these arrests.”
Staff at both restaurants were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK. At Passage to India, two Bangladeshi men, aged 30 and 31, were arrested for being in the UK illegally. At Kam Thai, two Bangladeshi men, aged 19 and 27, and a 34-year-old man from Thailand, were arrested for being in the UK illegally. All five men are now detained pending their removal from the country.
As part of the same operation, officers also arrested two British men, aged 30 and 33, on suspicion of knowingly employing illegal workers. Both men have since been released on bail pending further investigations.
Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business or someone is living in the UK illegally can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Officials had previously conducted a raid on the same businesses in December last year, when a Bangladeshi man who was working at Passage to India was detained by officials.