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COLCHESTER CURRY HOUSE OWNER JAILED FOR BENEFIT FRAUD


Flagging up creativity


ITIHAAS in Birmingham recently worked with artists Alexandria Robinson-Sutherland and Lexx Carby to create a 4ft indian flag made of various ingredients to celebrate Indian Independence Day. The orange strip was made using 4kg of turmeric, while the green strip was made from fresh coriander leaves. For the central segment, including the elaborate blue-dyed wheel, the artists used 10kg of basmati rice. Raj Rana, managing director at Itihaas, said,


THE OWNER of a Colchester restaurant called Spices, Mohammed Chowdhury, has been jailed for 15 months, and his partner, Johura Begum, for 8 months, over a benefit fraud scam. While he claimed he was only earning £40 a week as a waiter, he was really owning a business with a turnover of over £400,000 annually, and yet was claiming housing and council tax benefit. Ms Begum is said to have spent lavishly


on clothing, bedroom furniture and trips to the hairdresser, while Chowdhury had a drug habit. The judge said that: “An amount of greed appears to have motivated these offences.” The total fraud involved around £40,000. n


Walsall restaurant closed by environmental charges


CALDMORE Balti in Walsall has been described in a magistrates court as one of the worst that local environmental health officers had ever seen. The owner Ibrar Hussain admitted


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four counts of hygiene failings which led to the restaurant being closed down. The takeaway was


said to be ‘peppered’ with mouse droppings and infested with rodents and


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cockroaches when officers carried out their visit. The court was told no attempt had been made to clean the kitchen and that food was being prepared alongside and among mouse droppings. n


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“Nearly 70 years after independence, Indian cuisine remains a much-loved part of British life. High-quality Indian food requires the best ingredients, and the British consumer today is demanding an authentic experience, which we always aim to give.” The creation of this artwork coincided with the restaurant’s launch of a range of bespoke ready meals now available in Selfridges Food Hall. n


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