Ilford Shisha owner made to pay £2,000 for operating illegally

Redbridge Council are cracking down on rouge shisha cafes. Picture: Dominic Lipinski

Redbridge Council are cracking down on rouge shisha cafes. Picture: Dominic Lipinski - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

An Ilford shisha cafe owner has been made to pay more than £2,000 for operating illegally

Altim Mula of Oko Shisha Lounge was prosecuted by Redbridge Council as part of a crackdown on rogue operators.

The owner pleaded guilty to allowing people to smoke within a substantially enclosed space at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on March 29.

He was fined £1,000 and made to may costs of £1,000 and victim surcharge of £100.

Councillor Jas Athwal, council leader warned there are “very clear and strict rules” in place to protect people from the dangers of smoking in public places.


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“We will not allow shisha bars to flout the law,” he said.

“Our message is clear: we will continue to crack down on offenders and target shisha bars that allow smoking indoors with tough action.”

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Shisha, or water pipes, are used to smoke mainly flavoured or non-flavoured tobacco or herbal mixtures.

Under the Health Act 2006, smoking tobacco or anything containing tobacco, or smoking any other substance, in enclosed or substantially enclosed premises, is an offence.

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