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Smoker costs landlady £80 fine

Thu 19th January, 2012

A Lowestoft publican has been fined after health and safety officers caught a person smoking inside her pub.

Paula Fox was questioned by health and safety officers on August 25 2011 when they were passing The Bank Stores pub, Lowestoft, and saw a person smoking in the lobby.

Mrs Fox, 47, claimed she tried to stop people smoking inside the lobby entrance to the pub, but people did not always listen.

Victoria Nutley, prosecuting on behalf of Waveney District Council, said: “On August 25 two health and safety officers were travelling past Bank Stores and saw a man standing in the lobby entrance smoking.

“They pulled over the car and spoke to Paula Fox who said she had spoken to customers in the past and informed them to stop smoking inside.”

Mrs Fox, who represented herself at Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court, said: “I find it hard. Some listen to me and some don’t.”

She pleaded guilty to failing to prevent smoking in a smoke-free premises. She was fined £80 and ordered to pay £165 costs.

Source: Eastern Daiy Press (19 January 2012)

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