The owner of Extrovert Cofe in Willesden has been fined £1,000 for playing loud music late at night and causing misery for neighbours. Brent Council prosecuted Mrs Sahra Sheikh Haj of Edgware, who failed to attend Willesden Magistrates Court on 10 January 2017, despite being given two opportunities to do so.
The shisha café on High Road, NW10 was issued with a Noise Abatement Order by Brent in August 2016, following complaints from neighbours. This order was ignored and two weeks later the premises were found to be playing amplified music at 1am in the morning which was so loud that neighbours were unable to sleep. The court issued a fine of £1,000, plus £642 costs and a £100 victim surcharge. The premises have since closed down.
Brent are currently operating a crackdown on shisha venues who break the law and a dedicated taskforce including the Metropolitan Police have been tackling the growing health and community safety concerns surrounding illegal shisha venues within the borough.
Councillor Tom Miller, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:
"We will continue to prosecute business owners who ignore advice and warnings and cause nuisance and distress to neighbours. We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour which spoils the enjoyment of a neighbourhood by residents, visitors and nearby legitimate businesses. The owner of Extrovert Cofe showed a blatant disregard for others in the local community and didn't even turn up in court to explain, apologise or defend their actions."
"Brent Council officers are working closely with police to serve notices against Shisha establishments who are not in compliance with the law or local regulations. We will continue to take action against venues until they comply."