Birmingham shisha bar is fined £10,000 for flouting Covid rules

Shisha bar is fined £10,000 for flouting Covid rules after Birmingham police find 250 customers crammed inside – as officers in London shut down illegal rave with hundreds of revellers in abandoned warehouse

  • Kasablanca Shisha Lounge workers can be seen quickly trying to close shutters
  • But they were too late as Birmingham police officers swooped on the premises
  • The nightspot also turned their music off and told their customers to stop talking
  • It comes as London officers shut down an illegal rave at abandoned warehouse

A shisha bar has been fined £10,000 after police body-cam footage captured hundreds of people crammed inside the venue.

Workers at Kasablanca Shisha Lounge in Birmingham can be seen trying to close the shutters on officers as they arrived at the premises on September 30.

The nightspot also turned their music off and told customers to be quiet in a bizarre bid to avoid detection.

It comes as officers in London shut down an illegal rave with hundreds of revellers in an abandoned warehouse.

Workers at Kasablanca Shisha Lounge in Birmingham tried to close the shutters on officers as they arrived at the premises on September 30

Workers at Kasablanca Shisha Lounge in Birmingham tried to close the shutters on officers as they arrived at the premises on September 30

Once police gained entry to the Birmingham shisha lounge, officers found 250 people packed inside displaying ‘no regard to the current legislation’.

A WPC can be heard in the footage telling the owner: ‘Shutting the shutters to turn the music off makes no difference, we’ve got it all on camera.

‘Every person here should be wearing a mask. You are working behind here. You have a duty to ensure people in here are following the guidelines.

‘People should not be in groups at the till. As soon as whoever controls the shutters have seen the police they’ve shut the shutters.

‘I’ve then stood at that door and heard them turn the music down and tell everyone to be quiet. I can hear it through the door, I’m not stupid.’

A WPC can be heard in the footage telling the owner: 'Shutting the shutters to turn the music off makes no difference, we've got it all on camera'

A WPC can be heard in the footage telling the owner: ‘Shutting the shutters to turn the music off makes no difference, we’ve got it all on camera’

An investigation was launched and last Friday its owner was served the £10,000 fine for facilitating the event and for flouting Covid-19 restrictions.

It was the second venue in the West Midlands to be hit with a hefty fine this weekend after police rumbled an illegal rave in Walsall.

It was discovered by officers out on patrol in a unit on Phoenix Business Park in Stafford Street at 12.30am on September 14.

Officers tried to enter to see what was happening as the shutters were slammed shut in their faces.

Shortly after a number of people attempted to leave but found the gates locked, some even tried to jump the fence in an effort to get away.

Officers pleaded to the person with the keys to open the gates, which eventually they did, and around 100 people left.

Music equipment and food and drinks were found inside the unit.

The owner was interviewed, and after falsely claiming the premises was broken into on the night in question, officers handed him the fine.

An investigation was launched and last Friday its owner was served the £10,000 fine for facilitating the event and for flouting Covid-19 restrictions

An investigation was launched and last Friday its owner was served the £10,000 fine for facilitating the event and for flouting Covid-19 restrictions

Superintendent Rich Harris, of West Midlands Police, said: ‘This was a really busy weekend for us with people continuing to flout the rules across the force.

‘We are still following our four ‘e’s approach, however we will enforce these fines when it is obviously people are so blatantly ignoring the restrictions.

‘Businesses have a responsibility not only to their customers and their staff but to the wider community and there must be consequences when Covid-19 guidance is simply ignored.

‘Everyone has a part to play in reducing the spread of coronavirus, and no one is above the law when it comes to that.

‘We understand that some of the regulations are confusing and we will be explaining where we find breaches, but if people continually flout these measures, we will not hesitate to take action.’

Meanwhile officers in London shut down an illegal rave with hundreds of revellers in an abandoned warehouse.

Footage shows crowds - with people not social distancing - queuing up to get into the event on Saturday night

The crowd stands outside the warehouse on Saturday night

Meanwhile officers in London shut down an illegal rave with hundreds of revellers in an abandoned warehouse. Footage shows crowds – with people not social distancing – queuing up to get into the event on Saturday night

But video from later that evening shows police storm the building and kick out revellers

Pictured: Police arriving at the warehouse

Video from later that evening shows police storm the building and kick out revellers (left and right)

Footage shows crowds – with people not social distancing – queuing up to get into the event on Saturday night.

It cuts to a male DJ on the deck with a sea of dancers in the warehouse in front of him.

But video from later that evening shows police storm the building and kick out revellers.

It is not clear where the event was held. The Metropolitan Police have been approached for comment.

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