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Town Hall 'names and shames' curry touts

PUBLISHED: 14:26 10 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:06 05 October 2010

TOWN Hall bosses have issued a list 'name and shame' list of restaurants they say have flouted the law banning street touting along the East End's 'Curry Mile.' Tower Hamlets Council banned the practice with a byelaw 18 months ago, following complaints from the public about 'agressive touting' in Brick Lane

By Mike Brooke

TOWN Hall bosses have issued a 'name and shame' list of restaurants they say have flouted the law banning street touting along the East End's 'Curry Mile.'

Tower Hamlets Council banned the practice with a byelaw 18 months ago, following complaints from the public about 'aggressive touting' in Brick Lane.

But the authority claims touts are continuing to flout the regulations and have so far prosecuted 16 of the 43 'Curry Mile' restaurants since the byelaw came in.

Just last week the Advertiser reported a council 'random survey' claiming 98 out of the 123 passers-by who were questioned had been touted since the ban, while only 18 knew how to complain about it.

Now the 'shaming' list has been published of the 16 eateries in and around Brick Lane where touts have been caught since the ban started in September, 2006.

"We won't tolerate touting," said council cabinet member Abdal Ullah.

"Our trading standards teams regularly patrol to see who is flouting the byelaw and also which restaurants are breaking the condition in their license.

"People say touting puts them off coming to Brick Lane. It chases custom away."

The authority is continuing to crack down and threatens "many more prosecutions in the pipeline."

Touts were said to have been caught four times outside Sheba, three times outside Chutneys, Chillies and Sheraz and twice each outside Reema and Famous Curry Bazaar restaurants.

They were also caught outside Brick Lane Brasserie, Saffron, City Spice, Bengal Cuisine, Standard Balti, Spice, Moonlight, Clippers and Papadoms.

All the touts appearing in court admitted touting and were fined with costs by Thames magistrates.

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Here is Tower Hamlets' council's full List of Shame:

Brick Lane Brasserie: Syed Ahmed fined £200 with £100 costs, for touting on November 16, 2006.

Chillies: Mohammed Zial Huq £120 with £70 costs, March 22, 2007. Azmol Ali £100 with £50 costs, March 23, 2007. Abul Kair fined £200 with £100 costs, November 14, 2006.

Saffron: Misbah Ali £100 with £50, March 22, 2007.

City Spice: Kamal Ansari £76 with £50 costs, March 15, 2007.

Bengal Cuisine: Juned Chorry £200 with £150 costs, February 16, 2007.

Standard Balti: Shafait Momen Chowdhury £150 with £100 costs, February 16, 2007.

Spice: Zahedur Chowdhury £100 with £125 costs, June 14, 2007.

Sheraz: Hasibul Hasan £100 with £50 costs, March 22, 2007. Imran Hossan £100 with £125 costs, March 22, 2007. Mohammed Tarikul Islam £100 with £125 costs, June 15, 2007.

Nazrul: Sulamin Hussain £200 with £150 costs, January 5, 2007.

Reema: Mohammed Jaigirder, also known as Shah Rukh, £75, with £100 costs, November 16, 2006. Shahrukh Khan £100, with £125 costs, March 16 2007.

Chutneys: Mohammed Jalil £150 with £75 costs, March 12 2007. Kabir Miah £100 with £125 costs, November 18, 2006, and £150, with £125 costs, June 6, 2007.

Sheba: Sorwar Khan £200 with £100 costs, March 16, 2007. Motin Miah £50 with £100 costs, October 20, 2006, again £50 with costs £100, November 3, 2006, and again £50 with£100 costs, November 15, 2006.

Moonlight: Nurul Miah £250 with £100 costs, on November 3, 2006.

Famous Curry Bazaar: Ataur Rahman £50 with £50 costs, March 22, 2007. Saleh Rahman £120 with £70 costs, March 23, 2007.

Clippers: Mohammed Shamim £50 with £50 costs, March 23, 2007.

Papadoms: Zakir Ahmed £50 with £50 costs, December 22, 2006.

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