A Stonehaven businessman has challenged a Home Office report claiming that they arrested an illegal immigrant who worked for him.
Abdul Hamid, who owns the Nuspice takeaway on Allardice Street, contacted the Leader this week to dispute reports that one of his employees was involved in a swoop by immigration officers last month.
Mr Hamid was away at the time of the arrests, which saw eight illegal immigrants detained in the town on the same night.
Mr Hamid said: “What I want to make clear is that nobody was arrested on my premises.
‘‘Everyone who works here has the correct papers.
‘‘Somebody was arrested on the street, and has claimed that they worked here, but that claim is for the Home Office to deal with.
“I have taken the matter to my lawyer.”
The Leader has contacted the Home Office and is awaiting a response.
Meanwhile, Nuspice was given some better news this week when it was named as winner of the inaugural ‘Aberdeenshire’s Best Curry Award 2013.’
Mr Hamid said the award, which was based on nominations by customers, came as a complete surprise.
He added: “It’s very nice to get the recognition, especially as it is the first time these awards have been held.
“I would like to thank the people of Stonehaven and surrounding areas for voting for us as the best takeaway.
‘‘I would like to dedicate the award to them in recognition of their support.
‘‘I really can’t thank them enough.”