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Restaurant shut due to 'filthy' food hygiene

The inside of Gurkha Villa's microwave Credit: Rushmoor Borough Council

An Aldershot restaurant was forced to close after environmental health officers found it was a 'risk to public heath'.

After an unannounced inspection at Gurkha Villa in Station Road officials discovered 'chaotic' hygiene procedures.

There was food and grease accumulated in its 'filthy' kitchen, around and under equipment, which hadn't been cleaned for months.

Dirt under kitchen units Credit: Rushmoor Borough Council

These are some of the worst conditions I have seen in a long time. Frankly, I think the photographs taken speak for themselves.

– Julie Burke, Environmental Health Officer, Rushmoor Borough Council

Director, Ananda Dewan, who looked after the day to day running of the Nepalese restaurant on behalf of Gurkha Villa Limited agreed to immediately close the business.

He was formally cautioned and, after nine days of improvements, officials allowed the business to reopen.

The fridge had food debris and grease Credit: Rushmoor Borough Council

I would encourage every resident to check the Food Standards Agency food hygiene rating scheme website which displays food ratings for every business. Personally, I would only eat at businesses with a 4 or 5 rating.

– Councillor Ken Muschamp, Cabinet Member for Safety and Regulation


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Cecil the Lion's killer won't be charged as 'papers in order'

Cecil and Walter Palmer. Credit: ITV News Credit: ITV News

The American dentist who sparked public outrage after it was revealed he had killed Zimbabwe's Cecil the Lion on a hunting trip will not be charged as he 'had his papers in order', it has been reported.

According to Reuters the country's environment minister has confirmed Walter Palmer will not be facing charges over the shooting and a request for his extradition has been called off after it was found that he had obtained legal authority to conduct the hunt.

Fake tobacco shops forced to close

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Medway Council has terminated the leases of two shops which were selling illegal tobacco.

The council’s Trading Standards team, along with with Kent Police and the owners of the two businesses forced through the shop closures.

The leaseholders who were running the shops at East Europe Foods and Monika’s Mini Market, both in Gillingham - were terminated.

Police officers working with tobacco sniffer dogs found both shops stocking illegal tobacco.

Despite a previous prosecution in 2014 at East Europe Foods, it was still found to be selling counterfeit and non-duty paid tobacco on return visits.

Officers needed to make return visits as the staff continually changed, with one even thought to have left the country.

The leaseholders of East Europe Foods had constructed false walls, floors and trap doors to hide the products and also hid tobacco within food packaging on the shelves.

Although the shop did have other items allegedly for sale it was clear it been set up just to sell illegal tobacco.

Since August 2015, Trading Standards has seized more than 68,000 illegal cigarettes and 21 kilos of rolling tobacco - the bulk of which came from these two shops.

22,410 cigarettes were found at Monika’s and 18,030 at East Europe Foods.

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The people running these shops have demonstrated they have absolutely no intention of complying with the law.

They avoid paying duty, cheat the system wherever they can and make huge amounts of money off the sale of illegal tobacco.

We are determined to stamp them out and as these cases demonstrate we will continue to drive them out of business.

– Cllr. Andrew Mackness, Medway Council
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Southampton researchers' millions for better cancer treatments

Researchers from the University of Southampton will share in £15m of funding to find new cancer treatments.

Cancer Sciences researchers Emma Reeves and Edd James Credit: University of Southampton

The research team will receive the money from Cancer Research UK.

The Southampton team are part of four new research centres working together to boost ‘bench to bedside’ science.

It is hoped that it will help develop new pathology and image analysis techniques for solid tumours.

This includes research to improve cancer diagnosis through tissue imaging, biomarker discovery and clinical trials.

Police officers under investigation following racial slur

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A senior Sussex Police officer is under investigation following an allegation of racist and offensive behaviour during an incident.

The officer is alleged to have made the comments on September 5th while in a taxi that had picked him up while he was off duty in Eastbourne.

Another enquiry showed that an Inspector, also based in East Sussex, accessed a police computer in regards to this incident without permission.

These matters were referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and it has decided to conduct an independent investigation.

Sussex Police has suspended the senior officer for the duration of the investigation into allegations of racist and offensive behaviour.

We take any report of racism very seriously, along with any inappropriate access to police IT systems and we will co-operate with the IPCC in their investigation.

Sussex Police cares about developing and has invested in building its relationship with BME communities, through its neighbourhood policing teams and support from an independent Race Advisory Group.

We remain fully committed to providing a fair and non-discriminatory policing service to our communities.

– Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, Sussex Police
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