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LIFE TIME BAN FOR RESTAURANT OWNER


MOHAMMED Abdul Kashem, the former owner of Monsoon in Worksop, who repeatedly breached safety and food hygiene regulations, has been banned from ever running a food business again. Worksop magistrates


heard how the restaurant had a history of non-compliance stretching back to 2010. On the latest occasion the kitchen was found to be in a ‘filthy’ state, floor tiles were broken, surfaces and food storage areas were dirty, and food like poppadoms and onion bhajis were stored in plastic bags and wrapped in newspaper. Food was also being kept in fridges which were running at dangerously


high temperatures of between 11 and 13 degrees C, which could have led to food poisoning bacteria, like E.coli, to grow. Inspections also


revealed that Kashem was in serious breach of gas safety regulations. A gas oven in the kitchen did not have a working


safety device to prevent gas escaping, and another safety device on a Tandoori oven had been deliberately disabled.


A prison sentence was


considered, given the gravity of the offences, but magistrates took into account Kashem’s personal circumstances


and health. He was sentenced to a total of 52 weeks imprisonment for the various offences, but magistrates suspended the sentence for 12 months. He was ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work and is banned from ever managing a food business again. n


Diners shocked as Glasgow restaurant raided by Border Agency


UK Border Agency officers raided Akbar’s in Glasgow and questioned staff while the restaurant was packed with diners. The raid which started after 8pm, and so seems to have been designed to cause


maximum harm to the business, is said to have ‘perplexed and shocked’ customers. The high profile


raid is reported to have resulted in four arrests, although this could not be confirmed, and follows the


MANAGER LOSES HIS HEAD


A CUSTOMER at Moidul’s Rawalpindi restaurant in Twickenham was left with a broken nose after the manager head-butted him when he complained about the service. Mozaid Hussain was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £80 in compensation and £625 in costs, after he was found guilty at Wimbledon Magistrates Court. The 27-year old victim was dining with colleagues at the restaurant last


November when he made a complaint. After the party left the restaurant Hussain followed the group outside and launched his assault. n


announcement that the Home Office is to be investigated by the equality watchdog over claims of unlawful discrimination after a wave of raids. There have been concerns that businesses have been targeted on ethnic grounds, a claim denied by the Home Office which says its raids are intelligence- led.


Akbar’s opened in


Glasgow in 2012 and it is the chain’s first venture north of the border. The company, founded by Shabbir Hussein, has a network of restaurants mainly in Yorkshire. n


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