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NEWS & VIEWS SPICE BUSINES S NORFOLK RESTAURANT HIT BY FALSE CLAIMS


MALICIOUS rumours about a spice restaurant in Norfolk are being investigated by police, it is reported. False claims about the standard of hygiene at Planet Spice in Ormsby St Margaret were circulated amongst


JAIL FOR USING


FAKE PAPERS A BANGLADESHI man who used false identification documents to get work at a restaurant in Dorchester has been jailed. Mohammed Mohi Uddin was sentenced to six months in prison after admitting possession of a false identification document. When immigration officers


executed a warrant at the Spice Centre in the town, Uddin produced a copy of a false Portuguese passport as identification. Officers also searched his room at the premises and discovered a fake National Insurance card. Uddin originally entered the


United Kingdom in 2006 on a one-year work visa but when that expired had continued to live in the country and work. Four months before the raid he bought the copy of the Portuguese passport and the National Insurance card and had used these documents to get a job at the Spice Centre. Spice Centre manager Abu Baker claimed he had done all the usual identification checks but was unaware the documents were fraudulent. n


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customers by text and posted on social media websites. The inaccurate slurs have not surprisingly hit business hard. In fact owner Naz Miah says the restaurant’s future is now under threat. n


the potentially dangerous devices. According to Brian Devlin,


executive director of land and environmental services for Glasgow City Council,“These devices are almost always home-made, with a rubber hose attached to a piece of copper tubing with a flattened end. A simple butterfly valve is often the only means of controlling the gas flow and the device is manually lit, for example, by a taper.” Inspectors visited a total of


INSPECTORS BLOWN AWAY BY CHAPATI COOKING


SAFETY inspectors in Glasgow targeting unsafe practices in restaurants were left stunned when they found home-made blow torches being used to cook chapatis in a number of spice restaurants in the city. Fixed penalty fines were issued to a significant number of premises which were using


530 restaurants, takeaways and hotels in Glasgow between June and December last year. Subsequently they served 54 businesses who failed to safely maintain gas equipment with improvement notices and issued prohibition notices to 36 other restaurants for using dangerous equipment. Glasgow City Council says


the intervention visits were a worthwhile exercise in that serious breaches of legislation were identified. However it also points out that a majority of premises did comply with legislation. n


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