Following pressure from the local MP, who lobbied the Immigration Minister, and the local community, the £15,000 fine levied on the popular local pub was reduced to £0.
The trouble arose when Robert Carl Jordan, a Dentonian of fifty three years and a father of three Brits, was arrested by immigration officers.
He moved to the United Kingdom at the age of three and has worked and paid taxes here for forty years. The move, following a tip-off, sparked outrage in the local community. A petition to stop his deportation garnered more than 9,000 names.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
‘This is obviously a victory for common sense. Carl has worked on the railways and for Royal Mail so it is totally unreasonable to expect our local to carry out the checks that these huge companies didn’t feel were necessary.
‘This £15,000 fine would have gutted this pub, and we can definitely do without any more of them closing. They are a vital local asset and I am so pleased that this fine has been scrapped through local pressure.
‘Now we need to keep up the pressure on the Government to make sure Carl is allowed to stay for good.’