Three illegally operating shisa café owners burnt by £14,000 fines

15 December 2016

The crackdown on shisha cafes breaking the law and causing anti-social behaviour in Brent continues with three more successful prosecutions by Brent Council. Willesden Magistrates Court handed out fines of nearly £14, 000 to the owners of three shisha cafes operating illegally in Wembley, Harlesden and Willesden on 8 December 2016.


Brent's Food Safety Team prosecuted the business owners of Backyard Lebanese Café, Empire Lounge/The Mist and Location Café following smoke free compliance visits.


Mr M El Omari, proprietor of Backyard Lebanese Café, 18 Blackbird Hill, Wembley pleaded guilty to smoke free, tobacco labelling and tobacco advertising offences. Mr El Omari was fined£1,500 plus a £150 victim surcharge and £149 costs, totalling £3,144. This is the third prosecution by Brent concerning these premises meaning a third criminal conviction for the owners.


Mr Abdi Ahmed Ismail, proprietor of Empire Lounge/The Mist, 210 High Street, Harlesden, who did not attend court, was fined £2000 for smoke free offences, £500 for incorrect ownership details, £170 victim surcharge and £1,403 costs, totalling £4,073.


The proprietors of Location Café, 232 High Road, Willesden, brothers Leban and Karshe Mohamed were also found guilty of smoke free offences. Mr Leban Mohamed (Director) was fined a total of £2,803 including £170 victim surcharge and £633 costs. Mr Karshe Mohamed was fined a total of £1,127 which included a fine of £570, victim surcharge of £50 and £500 costs.


All illegal tobacco seized from the premises will now be destroyed.


Councillor Tom Miller, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:


"Illegally operating shisha cafes can cause anti-social behaviour to residents and other businesses nearby and we are determined to stop this from happening. We will continue to visit all premises regularly and ensure that any breaches of the law are brought before the courts."