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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 July 2007, 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK
Nightclub owner flouts smoke ban
Dave West
Dave West wants other nightclubs to join in his challenge
A nightclub owner is challenging the smoking ban by allowing his customers to light up at tables.

Dave West, who owns Abracadabra in Jermyn Street, Piccadilly, says the ban is an infringement on his customers' civil liberties.

He insists that if he is issued with a fine from Westminster Council he will challenge the decision in the courts.

"This is an infringement on my civil liberties and human rights and that's how we're going to fight it," he said.

He added: "If we lose in the High Court, then it'll go to the Court of Appeal, then it'll go the House of Lords and then finally we'll take it to the European Parliament."

A spokesman for Westminster Council said: "Anyone found in breach of the ban can expect to hear from us soon."


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