Rock legend Lemmy faces fine for smoking on Arena stage

THE first person to be reported to Sheffield Council for flouting new non-smoking laws can today be revealed – Motorhead metal legend Lemmy, who lit up at the Arena.

Heavy rocker Lemmy breached national smoking legislation when he lit a cigarette on stage in Sheffield.

The former Hawkwind bass player smoked during a concert at the Arena alongside fellow metal stars Alice Cooper and Joan Jett.

The Arena confirmed he had smoked during last week's performance and said bosses were liaising with the council's environmental health department about how to proceed with the matter.

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Under legislation brought in on July 1 any person found smoking in smoke-free premises faces a fixed penalty notice of 50 - reduced to 30 if paid in 15 days - or a maximum fine of 200 if prosecuted and convicted by a court.

But venues like the Arena can also be prosecuted for failing to prevent smoking in a smoke-free place - with a maximum fine of 2,500 imposed on whoever manages or controls the premises if convicted.

A spokesman for Sheffield Council said: "We have met with the Arena management and we are satisfied they did everything possible to warn the performers about the no smoking policy in the building.

"We are now attempting to make contact with the concert promoters to advise them of their responsibilities and warn them about their performers' future conduct.

"Other venues on the tour will be notified in advance and appropriate action may be taken should any further incidents take place."

If Lemmy was proven to be a regular offender, authorities may be able to serve a notice preventing him from playing at venues.

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