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News & Views A genie-us for curry!

Three stars of this year’s pantomime, Aladdin, at the Milton Keynes Theatre, Russell Grant, Gareth Gates and Anita Dobson, all popped in to the nearby Rajdhani restaurant for a meal after the show. Russell Grant enjoyed a prawn puree starter and a chicken laziz for his main and an indian beer. Gareth Gate had a lamb chop starter and a lamb balti, while Anita Dobson had a stuffed pepper starter and a Raj special korma.

The stars enjoyed their meal and even

danced in the restaurant. Lots of other customers joined them at their table to take pictures and get autographs. On leaving Russell Grant promised to come back again the following night, having played the genie of the lamp as a guest star in the panto.

Owner has heavy bill to pay for misdeeds

A restaurant owner who employed illegal immigrants has been ordered to repay more than £28,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act. The order was made against Helalul Islam, who ran the Merrick Hotel in Castle Douglas, and who was jailed last year for provid- ing accommodation, food and money to non-European citizens.

The order has been welcomed by Scotland’s Crown Office and

Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). Lindsey Miller, who heads its Serious and Organised Crime Division, said: “Employing people who have no legal right to be in this country is a criminal offence, and the Crown is therefore entitled to target through the proceeds of crime legislation, any money gained by this enterprise. The Crown will seek to deprive anyone who chooses to involve themselves in crim- inal activities of the assets they have

gained from their criminal activities and lifestyles.”

Mr Islam has been given six months to pay back the money, or he may face further legal action. Money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act is reinvested in community projects.

Spice mice antics lead to heavy fine

Jimmy Spice’s in Wimbledon recently had to pay a £10,000 fine after inspec- tors found an infestation of mice in the restaurant’s store room. Wimbledon Magistrates Court handed out the punishment after hearing about food hygiene offences dating back to March 2011.

Merton Council’s environmental health team visited the restaurant

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after receiving a complaint from a customer who saw a rodent run over his shoe while having lunch there. The situation they found was so serious that they immediately closed the store rooms until pest control experts had been called in and all contaminated food had been destroyed.

East & West Restaurant, the owners of the Jimmy Spice’s chain, pleaded guilty


and expressed their ‘great regret’ over the incident. The company says remedial measures have been taken since, including the appointment of a pest control contractor, the retrain- ing of staff and the production of a new Health and Safety Handbook. Company directors have also undertaken to per- sonally carry out inspections whenever they visit Jimmy Spice’s premises.

January 2012

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