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Ex-Eastbourne restaurant boss fined after nut allergy breach

THE former owner of an Eastbourne restaurant has been fined after it put a four-year-old boy’s life at risk by serving him a dessert containing nuts.

Stephen Nock was managing director of Bright Ideas Studio Ltd, which owned Seasons Restaurant, in Sovereign Harbour, at the time of the incident in May 2017.

The restaurant is now under new management and has no connection with the former owner.

Lewes Crown Court heard the mother of the child from Bexhill, informed staff her son had a nut allergy and was assured that an ice cream she ordered for him did not contain nuts.

However, it was served with a chocolate hazelnut wafer which the boy ate, triggering an allergic reaction which resulted in an eight-hour stay at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

The mother was particularly concerned with the response from the restaurant staff.  Her son was not breathing properly and she had to administer an Epipen as she believed he was going into anaphylactic shock.

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