Search

Marylebone shisha cafe reprimanded for indoor pipe smoking

11:50 22 January 2013

Shisha smokers have to abide by the same laws as any other smoker.

Shisha smokers have to abide by the same laws as any other smoker.

Archant

The manager of a Marylebone shisha café has been warned he could risk a jail term if he lets customers smoke pipes indoors after several employees were prosecuted by Westminster Council.

The Arabesque café in New Quebec Street, Marylebone, was found by council inspectors to be allowing punters to smoke tobacco on the ground floor and under a substantial canopy on numerous occasions between May 2010 and August 2012, breaking rules preventing smoking indoors. On another occasion they found customers actually smoking within the building after licensed hours.

Its former manager Anwar Majid was cautioned and four members of staff prosecuted for the breaches.

At a hearing on Thursday to review the café’s licence to operate, Westminster Council’s licensing sub committee heard neighbouring businesses and residents had also complained about noise nuisance and tobacco smoke at the premises.

The committee heard that since the offences, Mr Majid had been fired and replaced by Khalid Abbas and there had been no further infringements, and smoking would only be allowed under umbrellas outside the premises.

Committee chairman Cllr Tim Mitchell ruled that the council would take no further action in the case, but warned: “If there are any further breaches that break the law, it would lead to an injunction and that could mean criminal prosecution and ultimately imprisonment.

“Review hearings are costly and since they are met by taxpayers we are keen to prevent any further hearings.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 17:03
Ray Davies is returning to Hornsey Town Hall

Ray Davies performed one of his first gigs at the iconic venue when he was still at school, before going on to form The Kinks

Yesterday, 15:37
The coffin arrives for the funeral of David Gest arriving at Golders Green Crematorium in north London.

Mourners have remembered music producer and TV star David Gest at a funeral service in Golders Green.

Yesterday, 13:34
PC Shane Moulds has been dismissed for misconduct

A Camden police constable has been sacked for punching a member of the public he was arresting and hurling abuse at him, calling him a ‘posh twat’

Yesterday, 13:33
Big Green Bookshop is raising money for Haringey schools.  Joint owner Tim West  pictured. Photo: Nigel Sutton

Two book owners was sickened when an opportunistic thief stole £600, but their customers were “unbelievably” supportive and in a “tsunami of loveliness” helped them raise more than nine times the amount in donations.

Yesterday, 12:39
Found dead: David Gest (Picture: Ian West/PA Wire)

The funeral of David Gest is set to take place this afternoon at Golders Green crematorium, according to reports.

Thu, 15:57
The case will be heard at the Court of Appeal

A man convicted of murdering a reclusive author in his Hampstead home will have his case heard at the Court of Appeal because of alleged police failings.

Thu, 15:08
Protest against Cycle Superhighway Regent's Park in March. Photo by Adam Tiernan Thomas

Campaigners against the proposed Cycle Superhighway 11 in Camden have welcomed a move by neighbouring Wesminster Council to oppose the scheme.

Thu, 14:43
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner from the Movement for Reform Judaism has said she doesn't think MP Naz Shah is anti-Semtiic

Rabbi Laura Janner Klausner welcomed Naz Shah into her home last week for an interfaith feast for Passover - and this morning said that she would like to take the suspended Labour MP to Israel.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe