'No evidence' that home is a Japanese restaurant, council probe finds
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A man who has been accused three times of running an illegal Japanese restaurant from his Norwich home will not face enforcement action.
A second council investigation has found "no actual evidence" that Orlando Williams has turned his Earlham Road house into a restaurant.
Mr Williams, who has permission to run a bed and breakfast but not a restaurant, denies all allegations.
Neighbours claimed Mr Williams served multiple customers during the second lockdown in November.
Posts published on a public Facebook page under Mr Williams' address have also advertised meals, including a Christmas supper.
The post, published on December 3, said: "Would you like to come to Orlando's for a Christmas Supper? Ring on [redacted] for details."
But following a recent visit to the site, a spokesperson for Norwich City Council said: "We found no actual evidence that the premises is being used for another purpose."
They added: "Mr Williams has been reminded that he only has permission to trade as a bed and breakfast and not as a restaurant.
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"Part of the permission of trading as a B&B means he can only offer meals to B&B guests."
At the time, Mr Williams said: "I'm not running a restaurant."
It is the third time allegations have been made against Mr Williams and the second time he has also been accused of flouting coronavirus restrictions.
During the first lockdown, we were able to purchase a takeaway, and were offered the option to dine-in, after calling Mr Williams, who provided a priced menu by text message.
Meanwhile, a sign reading 'Orlandos' with a telephone number and website address has been redisplayed.
There is still no planning permission for the sign.
A spokesperson for Norwich City Council said: "We are reviewing what action to take to address the matter of the signage."
On the latest developments, Mr Williams said: "There is nothing I can say."