Court date for cafe owner

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A Sudbury cafe owner will appear in court on Thursday charged with nine breaches of health and safety regulations.

Halit Ozer, director of Liteball Ltd which owns Huffers Cafeteria in King Street, was arrested at his home on September 18 and charged the following day at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court.

Ozer is accused of failing to notify the relevant authorities that employee Chelsea Stafford suffered a chemical eye injury in September last year, and failing to take efforts to avoid risks associated with using washing liquid containing sodium hydroxide.

He is also charged with failing to train staff on the substance’s risks, failing to carry out risk assessments, control employee’s exposure to the chemical and to have suitable first aid personnel present in the event of an injury.

Other charges relate to having out-of-date medical supplies and drugs including anti-depressants in first aid boxes and failing to prepare a written health and safety policy.

The case has been brought by Babergh District Council.

Ozer is set to return to court on Thursday when he is expected to enter a plea in relation to the charges.