Immigration raid at Byron burger chain

Dozens of employees at London branches of burger chain Byron have been arrested in an immigration raid, according to the Home Office.

It is believed 35 nationals from Albania, Brazil, Nepal and Egypt were among the staff rounded up by immigration officials in a series of raids that took place in London on 4 July.

Immigration enforcement officers carried out intelligence-led visits to a number of Byron restaurants across London on 4 July, arresting 35 people for immigration offences, a Home Office spokesperson said.

The operation was carried out with the full co-operation of the business.

Byron was reported to have carried out the correct right to work background checks on its staff members, but Home Office intelligence said false or counterfeit documentation was given to the employer.

Social media storm

Because the business has cooperated fully with the government, it will therefore not face civil penalty action, a Home Office Spokesman told this site.

Byron could not be reached for comment at the time of writing.

The raid has incited a Twitter storm, with the hashtag #boycottbyron being shared thousands of times on social media with people offering a wide range of views.

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