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Takeaway owner fined for food fraud

6 Feb

A fast food fraudster has been fined after switching kebab meat from lamb to beef, in an effort to cut costs.

Azhar Hussain was ordered by Sheffield Magistrates Court to pay £1, 440 after being caught selling a lamb kebab which turned out to be beef.

The case was brought by Sheffield City Council Trading Standards officers who visited his takeaway, S1 Food Bar in Fitzalan Square, in November 2016.

Officers, who regularly carry out checks based on intelligence they receive from members of the public, made a test purchase at his takeaway. They specifically chose a meal which was described on the display menu as being made with lamb.

The lamb kebab was taken away for analysis and found to be made of beef. Lamb is more expensive than beef.

Hussain, 63 years old, of Park Grange Mount in Sheffield was prosecuted under the Food Safety Act 1990. The legislation makes it an offence to sell food that is falsely described.

Sheffield City Council typically gets complaints from the public about meat or fish they have bought in takeaways or fish and chip shops. Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment and Streetscene said: “Everyone has the right to make sure that they are getting what they order and pay for.

“If people are being short changed then, as in this case, our officers will act upon their concerns.

“The substitution of one meat for another undermines public confidence in the food industry.”

Anyone can report their suspicions or make complaint by calling 03454 040506 or at, https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/get-more-help/if-you-need-more-help-about-a-consumer-issue/

 

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Important changes to how you report antisocial behaviour

26 Jan

On Thursday 1 February, there will be important changes to the way Sheffield residents report antisocial behaviour issues.

From this date, you will need to report certain antisocial behaviour issues, such as noise nuisance, non-hate crime related graffiti and lost, stray or barking dogs, to Sheffield City Council, not to South Yorkshire Police. You can do this by calling 0114 2734567 or visiting sheffield.gov.uk/asb

A full breakdown of antisocial behaviour issues and whose responsibility these are can be found below:

South Yorkshire Police Sheffield City Council
Begging Abandoned vehicles / parking issues
Dealing/taking drugs and drinking alcohol in the street Dead animals
Gangs and youths drinking in parks Dog fouling
Harassment or intimidation Fly posting
Fly-tipping (happening now) Dumped, fly-tipped waste (nobody present)
Hate Crime related graffiti (motivated by prejudice or intolerance towards an individual’s nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, identity, sexual orientation or disability) Graffiti (Non Hate Crime related)
Misuse of fireworks Syringes or needles
Dangerous, out of control dogs Lost, stray or barking dogs
Threatening / violent neighbour disputes Noise disputes, nuisance or DIY related noise
Prostitution and indecent behaviour Syringes or needles
Vandalism Littering
Suspicious vehicles  
Hoax calls to emergency services  

As well as these changes, from 1 February, if you call 0114 2734567 out of standard office hours to report concerns for vulnerable adults and children, and matters relating to homeless people, you will be dealt with by a Sheffield City Council call handler, not a police call handler.

For more information on reporting antisocial behaviour issues, and the responsibility of Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Police from 1 February, please visit sheffield.gov.uk/asb or southyorks.police.uk/101

 

Landlord ‘illegally evicted tenant and forced her to sleep rough’

26 Jan

A Sheffield landlord evicted a woman who couldn’t speak fluent English from her flat without any notice, forcing her to sleep on the streets.

Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard it was the second time that Naveed Hussain, 36, of Pitsmoor Road, had been prosecuted for offences of a similar nature.

The court heard on Tuesday how Saba Habte moved into the flat on The Wicker in December 2015 on the recommendation of a fellow student in her English class.

But just over a year later, on 15 December 2016, the tenant was drinking a cup of tea in her room when Hussain appeared at the door and insisted she had to leave the property that day.

When she objected, Mr Hussain said ‘it is my house and I can do as I choose’ and took the key from the door and put it in his pocket.

Paul Barber, prosecuting for Sheffield City Council, told the court: “That night Ms Habte stayed outside in the cold in the bus station. She suffered the indignity of losing her home and sleeping on the streets, but also some of her belongings weren’t there when she went to get them. Salvation Army Officers who assisted her with retrieval of her belongings described Hussain as having an attitude of contempt towards her.”

Hussain was prosecuted under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977. The case has been adjourned for sentencing.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for housing and community safety at Sheffield City Council, said: “We take these cases very seriously. The majority of landlords across the city are decent and hard-working but a few seem to have little care for the responsibilities that come with letting a property.

“We believe that unlawful eviction, the threat of unlawful eviction, and harassment or intimidation are amongst the very worst kind of rogue landlord behaviour.

“For this reason we take a very tough stance against landlords who do this and have carried out six successful prosecutions in the past year.

“We believe Sheffield’s private tenants are amongst the most-protected in the country and taking prosecutions like this are part of our commitment to making sure that high standards of accommodation and responsible management prevail in the sector.”

Following the prosecution, Ms Habte said: “I’m very pleased especially hearing the outcome of the case and I am pleased with how the Council has acted and for (their) support”.

In a second case heard by Sheffield Magistrates Court this week, Saeed Bashir, 43, of Horndean Road, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to failing to licence a property contrary to the Housing Act 2004 section 95.

The court heard that on 21 July 2017, Mr Bashir was in control of a property on Page Hall Road which was required to be licensed, but wasn’t.

Mr Bashir pleaded guilty but in mitigation said that he had trusted an agent to licence the property but that agent then ran off to London with his money.

Mr Bashir didn’t apply for a licence until after he received a summons from the Court.

Costs were awarded to the council of £668 and Bashir was fined £275 reduced from £400 because of an early guilty plea.

He was ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge, so was ordered to pay £973 in total.

Cllr Dunn added: “I hope these cases reassure private tenants that we do investigate their complaints. I encourage anyone who is concerned about the state of their rented property or feels pressured by their landlord to contact us so we can help to resolve the matter or bring action against them.”