Cafe owner accused of breaching regulation

CHARGES: Huffers cafe.
CHARGES: Huffers cafe.

The owner of a Sudbury cafe has appeared in court charged with nine breaches of health and safety regulations.

Halit Ozer, director of Liteball Ltd, which owns Huffers Cafe in King Street, attended Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Ozer is accused of failing to notify the relevant authorities that Chelsea Stafford, a cafe employee, suffered a chemical eye injury in September 2012, and failing to take efforts to avoid risks associated with using washing liquid containing sodium hydroxide.

The 51-year-old is also charged with failing to train staff on the substance’s risks and failing to carry out risk assessments.

Other charges relate to having out-of-date and dirty medical supplies and drugs, including anti-depressants, in first aid boxes.

The case has been brought by Babergh District Council.

Ozer, who has yet to enter a plea, is due to return to court on February 14.