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RESTAURANT HELPS TEENAGER REALISE SPORTING POTENTIAL


SHAHI Palace Indian Restaurant in Redditch has raised the impressive sum of £900 to help a local disabled teenager realise his sporting dreams. The restaurant arranged an Elvis tribute night to raise funds for 16- year old Texas Bishop to help him develop his skills in wheelchair basketball. Manager Ash Miah handed a cheque to Texas, his mum Heather Bishop, and Mary Rose from Caudwell Children, the charity that launched the appeal to help him get a specialist basketball wheelchair costing over £2000. Texas, who has cerebral palsy, took up wheelchair basketball two years ago and is now said to be showing


huge potential in the sport, which featured at last year’s Paralympics Games. He has launched his own wheelchair basketball club at school, inspiring able-bodied children to get involved, as well as becoming an active member of a local team. The specialist basketball


wheelchair will be specifically designed to meet his individual needs. Until now Texas has had to use a borrowed chair, sharing with other players, which has limited his playing time and ability to progress. If you would like to help Texas and other disabled youngsters by making a donation or holding a fundraising event, please contact Mary Rose on 01784 600433 or email mary.rose@ caudwellchildren.com. n


Lack of license costs restaurateur dear


A CURRY restaurant manager in Plymouth has been fined for not having a TV licence. Faz Hasan, of The Baba Indian Restaurant, was ordered to pay £500 for the offence of using a TV without a licence on the business premises. He was also told to cover £90


costs and a £60 victim surcharge at the hearing at Newton Abbott Magistrates Court. Any business that shows television as it is being broadcast, whether for customers’ use or in staff areas, must be covered by a valid TV Licence. If there is living accommodation on the premises where a television is also in use, this must be covered by a separate licence. TV Licensing is reminding other restaurants to make sure they are aware of their licensing requirements. n


Noisy neighbours force restaurant to shut


A DUNDEE restaurant owner says he is being forced to sell his business after a row with neighbours over noise. Patrick Verma, the owner of Castle Grill, has blamed the nightclub Non-Zero’s, which is located above the restaurant for the demise of his business. The two companies have been involved in a lengthy dispute after Mr Verma first complained to the city council’s licensing board in October 2012, claiming noise from the club was shaking light fittings in his restaurant and scaring away customers. Non- Zero’s has been instructed by the Council to come to an arrangement that would lower noise levels. However Mr Verma claims the nightclub has not been in touch and has not been willing to make a compromise. The matter may not end


here, though. Mr Verma says, “Since opening this restaurant I have lost thousands of pounds. People have got up and walked out of the restaurant because of the noise upstairs. I believe I deserve compensation from someone.” n


8 OCT/NOV 2013 ISSUE 49


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