Shisha cafe boss fined £200 for letting Barking customers smoke

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 January 2017

Barking and Dagenham Council's officers fined the shisha cafe's manager £200

Barking and Dagenham Council's officers fined the shisha cafe's manager £200


About 50 shisha pipes were seized from a cafe and its manager fined £200.

Police and council officers raided Byblos Gardens Shisha Lounge in Longbridge Road, Barking, following a tip-off from residents that its manager was allowing customers to smoke in an enclosed space.

Four customers were given £50 fixed penalty notices for smoking in an enclosed space in what cabinet member for enforcement and community safety Cllr Laila Butt said was an important measure in upholding the smoking ban and protecting residents’ health.

“It’s been illegal to smoke or allow smoking in an enclosed premises since 2006 so it should come as no surprise to anyone caught smoking at the cafe,” she said. The manager was fined £200 for allowing customers to smoke and failing to display “no smoking” signs after the raid on Friday last week.

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