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NEWS & VIEWS SPICE BUSINES S


RAILWAY JOURNEY TAKES PORTILLO TO GOA


ENERGY COSTS HITTING HARD


SOME restaurant owners say energy prices have risen to the point where they can spend over £60 an hour firing up their ovens. Spiralling gas and electricity costs are bringing several businesses to the point of closure. Mari


MICHAEL Portillo used to be one of the country’s top politicians. Now he is perhaps more famous for his interesting and varied TV programmes on Great British Railway Journeys. Recently while filming the


latest series, Mr Portillo decided to pop into the Goa restaurant in Seaburn, near Sunderland. Taz Ahmed, owner of Goa, said initially he didn’t know who he was, but then ‘googled’ him after another diner said there was a ‘celebrity face’ in the restaurant. He said: “After we realised who he was we left him alone to enjoy his meal. He was very friendly and posed with people for pictures.”


It seems Mr Portillo chose Goa


because it was well rated on Trip Advisor. “He said he’d had Indian food all over the world and ours was among the best he’d had,” Taz added. n


Williams, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Cardiff North, is one of a number of politicians who are arguing that something must be done


CRIMEWATCH RECONSTRUCTS CURRY CRIME


A POLICE appeal issued in the hunt for an armed robber who threatened staff at a curry restaurant in Newdigate appeared on BBC’s Crimewatch recently. The robbery at the Ali Raj restaurant took place in April when a raider, dressed in black and sporting a motorcycle helmet,


entered through the kitchen before making off with around £600. The robber pointed the gun at staff and threatened to shoot them if


they did not comply with his demands. Investigating officer Detective Constable Kirsty Webb said: “The staff went through a terrifying ordeal on the night. This is a shocking attack which has had an effect on all those involved. Staff did absolutely the right thing; we would not want anyone challenging anyone with a firearm.” Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. n


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to protect restaurants. She says, “At the moment the Big Six are getting away with putting up their prices even when wholesale prices have gone down. Yet an economic recovery will be driven by the success of small business.” n


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