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Ex-landlord fined over smoke ban
Landlord Nick Hogan
Mr Hogan was found guilty of four charges
A former pub landlord must pay 10,000 in fines and costs after being convicted of defying the smoking ban.

Nick Hogan, 48, who used to run the Swan Hotel in Bolton, Greater Manchester, was convicted of failing to stop people smoking on four occasions.

He had faced nine charges but was acquitted of another count of failing to stop smokers and four of obstructing Bolton council officers.

He was fined 3,000 and ordered to pay 7,121 costs at Bolton Magistrates.

'Legislation enforced'

Hogan told the court he had warned customers they were breaking the law in a letter put out on tables.

No smoking signs were also displayed after the new legislation was introduced on 1 July last year.

But he said it was the customers' right to choose, and did not actively stop them from smoking.

The court heard how Hogan was visited on 5, 6, 10, 17, and 19 July and environmental health officers said they witnessed customers smoking each time.

Bolton Council said it was satisfied with the ruling. A spokesman said: "We are pleased that this situation has been resolved, and we will continue to enforce the smoking legislation in Bolton.

"It is unfortunate that this action was necessary, but we did everything possible to try to resolve the issue with Mr Hogan prior to prosecution."

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