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Whitehaven restaurant fined for food safety offence

The customer suffered from a peanut allergy. Credit: PA

A restaurant in Whitehaven has been fined £10,000 for serving a customer suffering from a peanut allergy a meal containing peanut protein.

Nurul Hoque, owner of the Akash Tandoori on Tangier Street, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £1,585 in costs and a £120 victim surcharge at West Allerdale Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to an offence under the Food Safety Act 1990.

The offence came to light after a complaint from a local resident, whose son was taken to hospital after suffering anaphlaxic shock after eating a takeaway from the restaurant.

The court heard that when the meal had been ordered, it had been specified that he suffered from a nut allergy.

Cumbria County Council Trading Standards sampled the same dish and found it contained peanut protein.

The Public Analyst confirmed that there was sufficient quantity to present a real hazard to anyone who suffered from a nut allergy.

This sentence should act as a warning that cases like this are treated extremely seriously by the courts. The restaurant was aware of the issues surrounding allergies, having completed a Food Safety Questionnaire in December 2014. The defendant was put on notice twice (18 April and 29 April) and despite this a customer was still put at risk on 12 May 2015.

– John Greenbank, Trading Standards Manager

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NuGen apologises to Mirehouse residents

A number of public meetings took place on Wednesday evening addressing concerns over the impact a new power station in West Cumbria might have on nearby houses.

The meetings were held after 1600 people living in and around Whitehaven, received letters giving the impression their homes will be compulsory purchased to make way for the Moorside project.

Nuclear Company NuGen has since apologised and says not all properties will be affected.

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Rugby League memorabilia showcases sport's history

A touring exhibition of rugby memorabilia has arrived in Whitehaven to showcase the history of the sport.

The exhibition includes the ball from the 1954 Challenge Cup final and a shirt from the 1930s.

The display is on at the town's Civic Hall until Thursday.

"It's an exhibition about the whole history of rugby league from the very top, from Super League, all the way down to the local community and school's teams so it encompasses everything that makes rugby league."

– Tony Collins, Rugby League historian
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