01 May 1998
Second T-bone case in doubt
By FWi staff
THE beef-on-the-bone ban has received a another major set-back after councillors in East Sussex suspended the forthcoming prosecution of landlord Alan Coomber.
Mr Coomber was due to be the second person in Britain charged with flouting the ban. It was alleged that he served environmental health officers with T-bone steaks in his hotel after they posed as customers.
But East Sussex councillors have suspended his prosecution after examining the collapse of the first beef on the bone case.
Scottish judge James Paterson last month dismissed the case against hotelier, Jim Sutherland. In doing so, he ruled that the ban was unenforceable because of poorly worded legislation.
Mr Sutherland had been accused of serving 170 farmers with ribs of beef at a “prohibition dinner” held five days after the ban was introduced last December.