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Curry house fined for using beef in lamb curries

A curry house has been ordered to pay more than £3,000 in fines and costs after admitting to sneaking beef into lamb curries in a bid to save cash.

Undercover trading standards officers bought a lamb madras on two separate visits to Massala Bite Ltd in New Road, Rubery - but lab tests revealed they contained no lamb at all, just beef.

The Massala restaurant in New Road, Rubery Credit: Google Maps

The company was ordered to pay a total of £3,489 in fines, costs, and a victim surcharge at Redditch Magistrates Court.

Councillor Mark Bullivant, chairman of Worcestershire Regulatory Services, said:

The company said it had limited finances and therefore had used the cheaper meat.

The menus had not been amended for the same reason although staff had been told to advise customers of the use of beef instead of lamb – although no such advice was given to trading standards officers during their two visits.

Our professional officers are committed to ensuring that food is honestly and accurately described and will continue to take formal action where the law is flouted.

– Councillor Mark Bullivant, Worcestershire Regulatory Services
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Roadworks cause major downturn in trade at Northampton shops

Shop managers in Northampton are demanding answers after reporting they have lost up to 70 percent of trade during recent roadworks.

Businesses on Derngate Road say they hav been hit hard by road closures which Northamptonshire County Council insists are necessary to ease congestion and provide a more attractive entrance to the town.

Victoria Leggett reports.

Bin strikes in Birmingham

Collections are expected to be disrupted today because of a row over conditions. Credit: ITV News Central

Bin collections in Birmingham are expected to be disrupted today because of a strike by refuse collectors and street cleaners.

Around sixty members of the Unite Union are refusing to work overtime this week and will also stop working for four hours today.

Workers are unhappy over new terms and conditions, as well as the way council is using agency staff, rather than employing people permanently.

Birmingham City Council have said they have held talks with representatives from Unite, but have not been able to reach an agreement over terms and conditions for staff.

"We expect there will be some disruption to services. Residents are asked to put our their refuse and recycling as usual. If it is not collected, we would ask that people take any uncollected bags, boxes and bins back onto their properties, and to present them again when their next scheduled collection is due (one week's time for refuse and two weeks' time for recycling).

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to reassure residents we are doing everything possible to resolve the issues relating to the dispute."

– Birmingham City Council spokesperson

Further strike action is expected to take place this Friday (15 August).

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Major development in Grantham gets boost from council

Plans for a new £5 million development in Grantham - including a multiplex cinema and a food court -have been given a major boost after South Kesteven District Council's cabinet recommended the project go ahead as part of the town's regeneration.

Artist's impressions of the new development Credit: South Kesteven District Council
Artist's impressions of the new development Credit: South Kesteven District Council


Centre for Retail Research: Boots takeover could be 'bad news' for Nottingham

Professor Joshua Bamfield, from the Centre for Retail Research, based in Newark, has told ITV News Central he's concerned about the impact the takeover of Boots may have on employees here in the UK:

"Walgreens haven't announced what they're going to do so we don't know what impact this will have on Nottingham just yet, but in the medium term, I think job opportunities will be curtailed. It's bad news.

"It's possible that the new company will be vibrant and exciting and everything will go well but the reality is that Walgreens will want to run everything from the US.

"The firm will now try to work out where they make savings. They'll be asking 'where can we make the savings to justify this purchase?' They tend to be made in staff numbers."

– Professor Joshua Bamfield, from the Centre for Retail Research