A POPULAR Barnsley takeaway has been fined over £4,000 for substituting lamb with cheaper beef meat in a curry.

Barnsley Magistrates Court heard that a Trading Standards Officer on behalf of the council visited Rajas, Summer Lane, in July, and purchased a lamb saag to be analysed by trading standards. It was found to contain entirely beef.

At a hearing last month, Rajas Cuisine Limited was charged under the food safety legislation with misleading customers by providing a different meat to the type demanded and false advertising.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined £2,000 plus £1,986 costs and a £170 victim surcharge, totalling £4,156.