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East End shisha bar owners fined for breaking smoking ban

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:10 05 October 2010

OWNERS of a shisha bar in London’s East End have been fined after health inspectors raided the basement premises and found 30 people illegally smoking at Whitechapel’s Angelz Bar

By Mike Brooke

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

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 found customers smoking shisha pipes. An electricity supply had been rigged up near water mains to wash the shisha pipes, the court was told.

The authority 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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