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News & Views MS society benefits from tribute act event

Le Spice Merchant in Ware, Hertfordshire, raised over £700 for the MS Society, by organising a special event with Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble tribute acts performing. Hosted by owner Imran Chowdhury, the char- ity dinner’s guest of honour was the Mayor of Ware and his wife. A raffle and auction helped raise the impressive

sum, with prizes donated from local businesses.

In October 2012 customer Camillia Hassan will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and the event was part of her efforts to raise over £4000 for the MS Society. This is a charity very close to her heart, as Camilla’s father has been a sufferer of MS for many years.

Murderer loses appeal over restaurant killing

As Iraq war hero jailed for the racist murder of a Bangladeshi waiter almost 18 years ago has lost a bid to have his conviction overturned. Shamsuddin Mahmood, who was only 26 at the time, was shot by a masked gunman in front of diners while working in the Mumutaz restaurant, in Kirkwall, Orkney, in June 1994. The murder was the first on Orkney for 25 years.

Former soldier Michael Ross was jailed for life and ordered to spend at least 25 years behind bars after being convicted of the killing in 2008. His legal team argued that police interviews, carried out without a lawyer present when Ross was 15 and 16, were ‘unfair’. But Scotland’s top judge, the Lord Justice General Lord Hamilton, upheld the con- viction. The case against Ross, a former

Black Watch soldier decorated for out- standing service in Iraq in 2005, was brought to court after police carried out a cold-case review in 2007. Ross’s legal team say they may seek leave to take the appeal to the UK Supreme Court once they have considered the judg- ment in full.

Restaurant reopens after expansion

A Midlands restaurant which first opened as a takeaway 23 years ago has completed a major extension and refur- bishment. Serina Indian Restaurant in Desborough, Kettering, initially opened in 1989, but in 2005 added 26 seats to allow guests to eat on site.

The restaurant’s latest refurbishment has seen the opening of a garden, a lounge area and the number of seats increased to 50. Serina held a grand opening night to welcome back cus- tomers in April this year and this was attended by about 45 guests. Demand

was so high that names had to be drawn out of a hat and the restaurant’s man- agement plans a further buffet-style evening to allow those who were not able to get a seat to come and see the new interior.

Well known Carlisle restaurant closes its doors

An award-winning Carlisle curry house has closed down after almost five years in business. Almost everything from Spice Enterprise has been auctioned, including a dessert and ice cream counter freezer, a coffee machine with cup warmer and a tandoori oven.

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There are conflicting reports of the reasons for the decision to close down the restaurant. It may have been the result of negative coverage of an indus- trial tribunal, or a systematic campaign of harassment, with windows being broken and threats made, depending


on different newspaper articles. The owner also has said he believed his business was harmed by reports that a developer Maris Properties had applied for planning consent to knock down the Spice Enterprise and build 16 homes.

May/June 2012

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