SIX Malaysians have been arrested on suspicion of being in the UK illegally following an immigration raid at a restaurant in Oxford.

Immigration Enforcement officers raided Hong Kong House, in Suffolk House, Banbury Road, at about 5.45pm on Friday.

The Home Office said six Malaysians were found working at the premises and after checks were made, they were arrested on suspicion of being in the UK illegally and a notice of potential liability was served.

The Chinese restaurant was closed on Saturday after the raid by Immigration Enforcement, which is a department within the Home Office responsible for enforcing immigration law.

It is understood the restaurant has now reopened, after being closed on Saturday.

An eyewitness, who asked not to be named, told the Oxford Mail five or six officers could be seen inside the restaurant directing staff to close the premises.

They added: "Officers closed the restaurant and staff were sitting around and some were closing the place down.

"One officer was standing in the kitchen while another member of staff was cleaning the kitchen down."