Wembley shisha bar owner fined for allowing customers to breach smoking ban

Fayrouz Lounge has been fined

Fayrouz Lounge has been fined - Credit: Archant

Another Shisha bar owner has been hauled before the courts and fined for allowing his customers to smoke in a confined area.

Ibrahim Marashi, 45, owner of Fayrouz Lounge at Neeld Parade in Wembley Hill Road, Wembley, admitted failing to prevent smoking at his premises following an investigation by Brent Council.

Willesden Magistrates’ Court heard the council received complaints about customers being allowed to smoke in the bar shortly after Marashi opened his new business in February this year.

A number of visits were made by officers from Brent Council’s Consumer and Business Protection Team to advise Marashi and his staff that it was illegal for the owner or anyone responsible for the management of a business to allow smoking in an area which should be smoke-free.

However, when the officers returned to the Fayrouz Lounge the following month they found several customers smoking shisha pipes in a substantially enclosed area at the front of the shop.

Marashi was prosecuted under the Smoke-Free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2006 and was fined £1,200, ordered to pay £800 in costs to Brent Council and a £120 victim support surcharge

He had initially pleaded not guilty in April but changed his plea shortly before his trial was due.

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Bill Bilon, head of consumer and business protection, said: “Owners of shisha shops, pubs and clubs that allow smoking on their premises should ensure that they are familiar with the legislation and make the necessary arrangements to ensure that they are complying with the law.

“Anyone caught smoking in public places as well those who permit smoking may be served with fixed penalty notices and prosecuted if we discover that the smoke-free regulations have been breached.”

The owners of three separate shisha bars Backyard Lebanese Cafe & Shisha Lounge, the Maya Lounge and Casa Del Leione , were all fined for breaching the smoking ban in June.

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