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Narberth Indian restaurant fined £9000

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magThe owner of a Narberth restaurant, The Megna Indian Cuisine Ltd, has been fined a total of £9,000 by Haverfordwest Magistrates after admitting to five food hygiene offences.

Mohammad Abdur Rashid was also ordered to pay £2,607.31 costs to Pembrokeshire County Council who brought the case, as well as a victim surcharge of £120.

The court heard on Tuesday that the breaches were found at the restaurant in Market Square during a routine inspection in October, 2013, by an officer from the Council’s Public Protection Division.

As well as revealing the lack of implementation of an adequate food safety management system, the officer found evidence of food not being protected against contamination, unclean structures and equipment and poor staff training and supervision.

After the hearing the County Council Cabinet Member for Environmental and Regulatory Services Councillor Huw George stressed that the Authority would not hesitate to take action where serious contraventions of the legislation were discovered by authorised officers.

He went on: “The level of fine demonstrated the serious nature of the breaches and spells a clear message to all the businesses for the need for an effective food safety management system.

“This system also needs to be properly communicated to, and understood and implemented by, food handlers at all levels.

“In premises such as this, the safe, hygienic handling and storage of raw meats and other foods is essential to prevent against food poisoning risks, especially that of E-coli 0157 cross-contamination.”

Councillor George said that while not excusing the serious nature of breaches identified at the premises, credit was due to the business for fully co-operating with the Council in dealing promptly with the highlighted risks.

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  1. Mike Stoddart

    October 15, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    We all want to eat safe food so it it heartening to read: “After the hearing the County Council Cabinet Member for Environmental and Regulatory Services Councillor Huw George stressed that the Authority would not hesitate to take action where serious contraventions of the legislation were discovered by authorised officers.”
    I seem to remember that Cllr Rev George took a rather more relaxed view of strict legality when his fellow IPPG member and Cabinet colleague, Cllr Rob Lewis, was caught trying to undermine our democracy by unlawfully using PCC computers in an attempt to ensure the IPPG’s success at the 2012 election.
    Still, I suppose, double standards is better than no standards at all.

  2. mark woodward

    October 16, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Worryingly, after all that, it has still only been regraded a “3”. I for one won’t be eating there!

  3. tomos

    October 16, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    poor Mr Rashid not born in Pembrokeshire and not a freemason – that’s the way it works is it?

  4. Welshy

    October 18, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    here kitty kitty…..

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Union wants council investigation into Councillor Paul Dowson’s conduct

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PEMBROKESHIRE County Councillor Paul Dowson’s public statements criticising the Black Lives Matter movement should be formally investigated by the council, according to UNISON.

The trade union said Mr Dowson’s use of a phrase adopted by the racist Klu Klux Klan was deeply offensive when people around the world were united in protest at police brutality and the murder of George Floyd.

UNISON questioned whether the councillor is fit to hold public office.

Mr Dowson used his Facebook page to attack Labour councillor Josh Beynon’s suggestion Pembrokeshire County Hall could be lit up in support of Black Lives Matter’s commemoration of Mr Floyd’s death.

Cllr Dowson posted that “White lives matter” a White supremacist phrase which originated in 2015 as a racist response to protests against police brutality against Black-Americans in the USA. Councillor Beynon received an online torrent of racist and homophobic abuse.

Manuela Hughes, UNISON Pembrokeshire branch chair said: “The Black Lives Matter movement has shown everyone that racism is rife in society. Black people are more likely to have been subjected to police brutality, more likely to live in poverty and more likely to be unemployed as a result of systemic racism. Their contribution is often written out of the history of this country.

Black workers have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and in the NHS, care and transport sectors, Black people have paid with their lives for caring for the whole community.

“This is the climate in which Councillor Dowson made his comments. He has brought Pembrokeshire County Council into disrepute. It is important that everyone stands together against racism and the council must formally investigate his behaviour.”

Mr Dowson was criticised for his Facebook comments in April last year that former Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, should commit suicide.

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Advice for businesses re-opening

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AS LOCKDOWN restrictions are expected to ease, businesses and building owners are reminded to check the maintenance of their premises as they re-open.

People who manage or own buildings are being asked to follow the latest advice from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Health and Safety Executive (CIEH).

Particular attention should be paid to water systems not used during the lockdown to help minimise the risk from Legionella bacteria as they prepare to reopen following the lockdown period.

Legionnaires’ disease can be contracted by breathing in small droplets of water suspended in the air which contain Legionella bacteria. Symptoms include fever, a non-productive cough and pneumonia.

Prevention work includes flushing through cold water systems with fresh mains water as well as increasing the temperature of hot water systems to above 60°C if possible to achieve thermal disinfection of the hot water system.

This should be undertaken as part of a thorough risk assessment and may require other works to be done.

More information is also available from the Health and Safety Executive website.

The Food Standards Agency also has guidance for food businesses re-opening their operations. It includes information relating to food safety issues as well as COVID-19 expectations. The link is: https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/reopening-checklist-for-food-businesses-during-covid-19

To confirm your business has taken the necessary measures and is operating in line with the Government guidelines click on:

https://goodtogo.visitbritain.com/your-business-good-to-go-wales

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Man charged with two robberies a day apart

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A MAN has been charged with two attempt robberies in Pembroke Dock a day apart.

Jamie Rawlinson, of Colley Court in Monkton, is alleged to have committed the second offence just three hours after being released from police custody.

Dyfed-Powys Police arrested the 28-year-old on June 26 on suspicion of attempted robbery after receiving a report he had demanded a man give him money. It was reported that he held a sharp object against his chest. Searches were carried out, but no weapon was found.

Rawlinson was bailed with conditions for the offence, but less than three hours later, police were approached by a vulnerable man who said he had tried to rob him.

He was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted robbery. He has been remanded to appear at Swansea Crown Court on July 31.

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