Nottingham social club fined after customers found smoking inside

Anatolian Social on Alfreton Road
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The manager of a Nottingham social club has been told to pay over £1,500 after being found guilty of allowing people to smoke in his venue. Environmental health officers had already issued a warning to the management of Anatolian Social on Alfreton Road, but customers were again found smoking inside the venue.

Oruc Kiral, 61, of Francis Street, was found guilty in his absence at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on May 29 of failing to stop people smoking inside the venue and also smoking himself. Kiral was fined £860 for the two offences, with a victim surcharge of £344.

Costs of £405.34 were also awarded, bringing the total amount payable to £1,609.34. Paul Dales, environmental health manager at Nottingham City Council, said: "We all have the right to enter buildings without breathing in other people's tobacco smoke and this was made very clear in the changes to the smoking legislation in 2006. These rules have been in place for almost two decades now.

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"Premises know they must operate within the law to protect staff and customers from the public health risks of second-hand tobacco smoke. Business owners can expect periodic visits from council officers to check their compliance and, where we find smoking legislation being breached, we will seek prosecutions as part of our role to protect the public.

"It is, however, important to make clear that while smoke-free legislation across Nottingham is routinely monitored, compliance is generally excellent and prosecutions of this type are a rarity."