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Restaurant owners fined £10k for hygiene offences

A Nottingham restaurant has been landed with a legal bill of almost £10,000 Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A Nottingham restaurant has been landed with a legal bill of almost £10,000 after environmental health inspectors reported hygiene breaches.

The owners of the Mei Shan restaurant on Alfreton Road pleaded guilty to three breaches hygiene regulations at Nottingham Magistrates Court yesterday. They have been fined £7,000 and £2,500 in costs.

The restaurant was inspected by Environmental Health Officers on September 9.

Inspectors found that the restaurant was dirty, equipment was also dirty - particularly the meat slicer. They also discovered that the yard had open containers of food and oil - it was described as 'filthy'.

The owners Mrs Hong Wei Zhang and husband Mr Hang Lu have previously been issued with a caution in 2011, which they accepted.

“There is no excuse for food businesses not to do a good job and keep the kitchen clean and handle food safely.

Given the previous warnings about poor standards at this restaurant my team had to take this prosecution action to protect the public.

“Most businesses work hard with my team to improve hygiene standards but this shows that some traders ignore the basic rules that should protect their customers.”

– Paul Dales, City Operations Manager for Food and Health & Safety

Paul Dales, City Operations Manager for Food and Health & Safety, said: “There is no excuse for food businesses not to do a good job and keep the kitchen clean and handle food safely. Given the previous warnings about poor standards at this restaurant my team had to take this prosecution action to protect the public.

“Most businesses work hard with my team to improve hygiene standards but this shows that some traders ignore the basic rules that should protect their customers.”

Councillor Nicola Heaton, portfolio holder for Community Safety, said: “Our team in Nottingham work hard to make sure that food businesses in the city meet hygiene regulations. Food standards and regulations are there for a reason, and we don’t take lightly the impact poor standards could have on our citizens.”

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Woman who helped fellow students after fire rewarded

A student who has helped raise money for students affected by the Radford fire in Nottingham has been presented with a cheque for £1,500.

Shahin Munir (right) received a cheque for £1,500 Credit: Shahin Munir

Shahin Munir was given the cheque by an organisation called IMPAC - some of whose members used to work at the building when it was a cigarette factory. It will be added to the funds that Shahin has already raised to help her peers since the blaze.

The fire engulfed the former factory - which had been turned into a student accommodation block - at the end of March.

The blaze engulfed the former factory at the end of March Credit: ITV News Central

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Broad sorry over missing event with 'migraine'

Stuart Broad reportedly went out drinking. Credit: PA

Stuart Broad says he missed a sponsors event on Thursday morning due a migraine.

It was reported that the England bowler has not returned to his hotel room until 7am on Thursday morning following a drinking session with Matt Prior, but the Nottinghamshire seamer has played down the claims.

I don't want to go into massive detail about it but I think it was probably not as bad as it was portrayed. And I woke up with a migraine.

I wasn't on England duty for the ECB but I did apologise for putting them in that position because after the week they've had with (Andrew) Strauss and Pietersen, it was probably not what they needed.

I feel like now is the time as a team that we need to go 'cricket, cricket, cricket' because when we do that, that is generally when we get some good results.

– Stuart Broad

Investigation into fire at Grade II listed Annesley Hall

30 firefighters were needed to tackle the blaze at the Grade II listed building Credit: ITV News Central

Investigations are continuing into the cause of a fire which damaged a stately home in Nottinghamshire.

30 firefighters were needed to tackle the blaze at the Grade II listed Annesley Hall at around 5.30am on Saturday.

The derelict building was undergoing renovation.

Better rail services promised for some East Midlands Trains passengers

East Midlands Trains has announced improved services Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Improved rail services between Nottingham, Newark Castle and Lincoln will start from today.

After a £2 million boost in government funding, passengers will be able to travel faster between stations on the new Castle Line, and East Midlands Trains has also promised more services.

Bosses at East Midlands Trains say passengers using Newark Castle will benefit from:

  • Most frequent ever service
  • A 41 per cent increase in weekday services
  • An extra 25 trains to and from Nottingham, providing two trains per hour for most of the day
  • Journey times reduced to just over 20 minutes on fast services to and from Nottingham
  • Fiskerton and Collingham will have more weekday services than they have ever had
  • Extra weekday morning peak service to Nottingham
  • Extra weekday evening service from Nottingham
  • More travel opportunities with an hourly service to Matlock via Derby
An East Midlands train passes through Nottingham station Credit: Martin Keene/PA Archive/Press Association Images

“I am absolutely delighted that we are introducing our new and much improved services for the communities and businesses along the Castle Line.

“The new services are a particular boost to the smaller, intermediate stations along the route as many of them will now have more services than they have ever had in more than a century.

"This is a real boost for the region and we are over the moon to have worked closely with so many partners and supporters to make this happen.

“However, we are far from complacent and know there is still more we can do to improve services for the Castle Line and we will continue to work hard, with our partners, to make further improvements.”

– Simon Taylor, Head of Network Development for East Midlands Trains
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