25 August 2017

Staff and the owner of a Sheffield shisha café have been ordered to pay out more than £2,500 by the courts after allowing smoking inside the premises.

Rasouli Miri and Zana Rashid Ali, both employees of the Dubai Café in London Road, were charged with failing to prevent smoking in a smoke-free place, contrary to section 8 of the Health Act 2006.

Both pleaded not guilty to the offences at a one-day trial on Tuesday, 22 August, but were found guilty by magistrates.

Mr Ali, 38, of Brunswick Road, Sheffield, was ordered to pay out £430 in fines and costs, while Mr Miri, 27, of Park Grange Mount, Sheffield, was ordered to pay out £380.

This comes after owner of the Dubai Café, Herman Mustafa, 33, of Cemetery Road, Sheffield, was ordered to pay a total of £1,880 in fines and costs at Sheffield Magistrates Court on 25 April this year.

He admitted the charge of failing to prevent smoking in a public place. At that hearing, charges were also brought against Miri and Ali. As they pleaded not guilty, a trial was set for this week, during which both men were in court.

Altogether, the fines and costs to be paid out by the three men totalled £2,690.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment and Streetscene at Sheffield City Council, said: “It’s disappointing that these people have broken the law in allowing the smoking of shisha pipes at Dubai Café.

“The law is clear – venues must be smoke-free, and that includes shisha lounges. If a business is operating as a shisha café, the premises must meet the necessary requirements.

“If those requirements are not being met, and smoking is taking place indoors, we can and will take owners and members of staff to court, where they are likely to be handed large fines.”

Sheffield City Council regularly inspects businesses to make sure they are compliant with smoke-free regulations.

The authority also works closely with partners at organisations including South Yorkshire Police, the Safeguarding Children Board, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, HMRC and the UK Border Agency to ensure the safety and health and wellbeing of the public.

For help in stopping smoking, contact Yorkshire Smokefree Sheffield on 0800 612 0011 or visit the website here.