A manager of a Bedford snooker club that allowed customers to smoke in an enclosed area has been fined by Bedford Magistrates Court.
Ravinder Singh Banghard, 44, the manager of Characters, Tavistock Street, Bedford, was prosecuted after officers from Bedford Borough Council’s Environmental Health & Trading Standards Service witnessed customers smoking on a substantially enclosed balcony on three separate occasions during 2012.
The club had previously ignored warnings from the council that the balcony could not be used as a smoking area and Mr Singh allowed the smoking to continue.
Singh Banghard, of Westfield Road, appeared at Bedford Magistrates Court on Wednesday and was fined £990 after admitting he allowed people to smoke on the balcony.
He was also ordered to pay costs of £797.50 plus a victim surcharge of £15.00.
Councillor Sarah Jayne Holland, portfolio holder for community and regulatory services said, “Environmental Health and Trading Standards staff work hard to support local businesses by providing advice and information to help them comply with the law.
“Only where businesses fail to take on board this advice and show a disregard for the law, and ultimately disregard the health of their own staff and customers, is legal action pursued in this way.
“The law is clear and has been in place for many years. It is against the law to smoke or allow smoking where it may expose others to second-hand smoke.”
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