Havanas owner successfully prosecuted


Havana Frontage

The Council has successfully prosecuted the owner of the Havana shisha cafes in London Rd for allowing illegal smoking inside the premises.

The following email has been sent to Norbury’s three local Councillors by Shayne Coulter, Head of Public Protection at the Council.

‘I am writing to advise you that the food and safety team have taken a successful prosecution against the owner of the Havana Café for seven offences relating to smoking in an enclosed premises (Shisha).  The owner, Sohail Khan, did not attend court yesterday but was found guilty of all offences in his absence.  Given that the fine for each offence can be up to £2,500, and due to his non-attendance the magistrates did not have any information relating to Mr Khan’s financial means, sentencing was postponed for 14 days.  During this time the court will write to Mr Khan and invite him to attend on a date yet to be confirmed so that he can address the court, and we will find out the level of fines set at that time.

This matter is now in the public domain and the information can therefore be shared with any of your constituents who have been in contact with you about the issue.

I will update you once Mr Khan has been sentenced.’

This prosecution follows continual pressure by local residents  and the Love Norbury Joint Planning Committee, including the submission of a paper with details of the successful prosecutions mounted by other local Councils.

This prosecution follows on from the Planning Enforcement team clamping down on breach of closing hours by the owner.

Please monitor the premises

I am told that the illegal smoking has been continuing. It is therefore important that if anyone sees this in the lead up to the court sentencing hearing, that they email Shayne Coulter at


and copy to the Joint Planning Committee





About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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