Thursday, 22 Oct 2020

Police called to Apprentice winner’s bakery over claims it ignored Covid rules

Police were called to an Apprentice winner's bakery after complaints the business was not following coronavirus regulations.

Owner Carina Lepore's Beckenham bakery was slammed for "flouting" Covid-19 restrictions following a private party, reports Newshopper.

The alleged incident occurred on September 12, just days after Lord Alan Sugar welcomed the opening of the new bakery.

Cops were called to the bakery owned by the 30-year-old 2019 winner of the popular show after reports of loud music, and residents complaining social distancing rules were not being followed.

Locals reported the Beckenham High Street branch of Dough Bakehouse for also hosting 50 attendees, while the official rule was limited to gatherings of 30 at the time of the event.

An anonymous local said: "My four-year-old daughter complained of not being able to get to sleep at 7.30 pm, begging for the music to stop, despite her double glazed window being closed.

"Several residents reported the venue to the police, as they were visibly breaking social distancing rules, and Bromley council’s noise helpline.

"To conduct an event like this during the current pandemic is completely irresponsible.

"This was a business event where tickets were advertised to the public on Instagram.

"It’s clear that social distancing was not maintained. Nottingham police fined an individual £10k for hosting a similar-sized party – why weren't they?"

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Carina Lepore is the winner of The Apprentice 2019, Lord Sugar invested a total of £250,000 into her fledgling business which Carina hopes will be turning over £1 million in less than five years.

Lord Sugar has been slammed during the pandemic due to his controversial views surrounding coronavirus.

He left fans of Channel 5 series The Jeremy Vine Show divided after joking about coronavirus during a live TV appearance.

Speaking via video link from his plush home in Florida, The Apprentice legend explained why he thinks it's time Boris Johnson ends the UK-wide lockdown.

In June he said: "This has been going on now for six weeks so I just logically say, well hold on we have come out of this so called lockdown.

"Who is dead? I'm not, my wife thank god still alive… so is everyone else that I know.

"Maybe we have reached the peak."

Cllr Kate Lymer, Executive Member for Public Protection and Enforcement, said: “Bromley’s Noise Team visited the premises on Saturday September 12 following complaints.

“The Council’s Public Protection team has been working with local businesses throughout the pandemic to help them interpret Government guidance and keep their business safe, both for staff and customers.

“Joint patrols have been carried out with Police and there have been occasions when firm advice has been given to premises not enforcing social distancing rules.

“Our approach has always been to educate and support our local businesses, but where we find persistent failings to follow the safe workplace guidance, we will look to take enforcement action.”

Dough Bakehouse was contacted for comment.

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