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East End shisha bar owners fined for breaking smoking ban

PUBLISHED: 13:27 17 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:10 05 October 2010

THE owners of a shisha bar in London’s East End have appeared in court after health inspectors raided the premises and found 30 people illegally smoking in the basement premises. They were prosecuted for allowing illegal smoking at Whitechapel’s Angelz Shisha

THE owners of a shisha bar in London's East End have appeared in court after health inspectors raided the premises and found 30 people illegally smoking in the basement premises.

Bilal Miah and Sual Ahmed faced Thames magistrates on summonses for allowing illegal smoking at Whitechapel's Angelz Shisha Bar in Assam Street twice in November and December.

They continued selling shisha to the public despite earlier warnings from Tower Hamlets council health inspectors, magistrates heard.

Miah, from Whitechapel, was fined £1,615 including legal costs, his second prosecution for flouting the 'smoke free' legislation. Ahmed, from Bethnal Green, was fined a total of £285 on his first offence.

Environmental health officers raiding the basement premises discovered 30 people smoking shisha pipes. An electricity supply had been rigged up near water mains to wash the shisha pipes, magistrates heard.

The council's Environment cabinet member Shahed Ali said after the hearing: "There has been a rise in the number of shisha bars in the East End and we are cracking down on them."

The authority has been running a campaign with NHS Tower Hamlets about "the harmful affects of shisha smoking" with fact-sheets handed out in bars.

It has collected around £21,000 in fines and costs from illegal smoking dens since the legislation came in two years ago.


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