Wednesday, 28 April 2010

In the dock, shopkeeper who refused to put up a non-smoking warning

Even before it became law, Stuart Isbister had a no smoking policy at his small gift shop.
Not that it was much of an issue - in fact he can't recall a customer ever having lit up while browsing his shelves.
Which makes it all the more astonishing that Mr Isbister has just been dragged through the courts by his local council because he failed to display a small no smoking sign.
In a case costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds, he was pursued with the full force of the law by his Labour-run authority - until the action was yesterday thrown out by magistrates.


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