Bolton Halal ordered to stop using bakery equipment

Bolton Halal Chicken Ltd has been ordered to stop using bread baskets and other equipment belonging to Bakers Basco and its membership, for transporting its products without permission, in addition to paying £3,000 in costs. 

During a legal hearing, which took place on 6 April 2017 at the County Court in Manchester, His Honour Judge Platts awarded the injunction to Bakers Basco to ensure that Bolton Halal Chicken Ltd stopped using the equipment.

If Bolton Halal Chicken Ltd is found to disobey the order, it could be held in contempt of court and liable to a fine or imprisonment, in addition to having its assets seized.

The court hearing followed a number of occasions on which Bolton Halal Chicken Ltd was found to be using the equipment owned by Bakers Basco and its membership, which is designed for the sole purpose of transporting bread and other bakery products.

Bolton Halal Chicken Ltd has historically made payments totalling nearly £3,000. Bakers Basco also had prior dealings with the business owners while they had a controlling interest in Bolton Poultry Products Limited, prior to it being placed into liquidation in January 2015.

“Our baskets and dollies are designed for one sole purpose and that is to transport bread safely, cost-effectively and in an environmentally-friendly way,” said Steve Millward, general manager at Bakers Basco. “When people divert them for their own use, it not only has a knock-on effect on the bakers that pay to license them, but also on retailers and, at the end of the day, Joe Public, all of whom end up footing the bill for the actions of a small minority.”

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