Local Government Association says bar owners undeterred by one-off £2,500 fines

Councils have called for licensing powers to tackle “lawless” shisha bars that violate laws on smoking and fire safety by allowing smoking indoors and serving under-18s.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has been struggling to regulate premises that persistently flout regulations, as prosecutions are slow and owners making high profits are increasingly undeterred by one-off fines of £2,500.

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