Four illegal workers were caught hiding in a concealed corridor at a Pudsey restaurant, it was revealed today.

Immigration Enforcement officers, acting on intelligence, raided the Lahori Karahi and Chargha restaurant, in Bradford Road, They discovered the men hiding in a secret corridor behind the cellar.

Three Pakistani men were arrested for overstaying their visas and a fourth for entering the UK illegally.

A 28-year-old is detained pending his removal from the UK and a 23-year-old detained while his case is progressed.

Two men, aged 30 and 50, were granted temporary release while their cases are progressed and will have to report regularly to the Home Office.

A fifth man, aged 24 and also from Pakistan, was found to have no permission to work in the UK. He was not arrested but was escorted from the premises and will have to report regularly to the Home Office while his case is progressed.

The restaurant was served with a notice warning it is liable for a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker found unless evidence is provided that legally required right to work checks, such as seeing a passport or a Home Office document confirming permission to work. were carried out.

Anita Bailey, deputy director of Immigration Enforcement, said: “We are working hard to identify people abusing the UK’s immigration system. All of our operations are intelligence led and I would encourage people with detailed and specific information about illegal immigration to contact us.

“Using illegal labour is not victimless. It defrauds the Treasury, undercuts honest businesses and cheats legitimate job seekers of employment opportunities. It also exploits some of society’s most vulnerable people.

“Employers who do not carry out the simple checks to ensure their staff have the right to work in the UK will face the consequences.”

Telephone calls to the restaurant by the Telegraph & Argus went unanswered today.