5th October 2015

A businessman has been charged over £25,000 for risking the lives of his staff and customers with inadequate fire safety at his Southampton Restaurant and the flats above it.

The owner of Junness Indian Cuisine pleaded guilty to five charges relating to insufficient fire safety standards including an inadequate fire alarm and emergency light system and a fire exit not being well protected.

After fire officers visited the Southampton property in August 2012 they issued a prohibition notice to stop people living in the seven bedroom flat above the restaurant. But evidence was found that people were still living in the premises after the prohibition notice had been issued and legal action was taken.

Speaking after the case, area manager Steve Foye, head of community safety for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The work carried out by our fire safety officers is vital to the safeguarding of life and property in our communities.

We try and work very closely with businesses to advise and help them with their duties, but unfortunately in this case we needed to go down the legal route.

We hope that this case will act as a reminder to business owners and landlords throughout Hampshire that whilst we work with businesses as closely as we can, the safety of the public is our primary concern and we in some cases we do have to consider prosecution.”

Two years ago the same person was fined more than £40,000 after pleading guilty to four breaches of house of multiple occupation (HMO) management regulations and a failure to obtain a HMO mandatory property license at Southampton Magistrates’ Court After evidence was found a number of times of people still living there and the problems with the premises weren’t fixed, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service authorities brought legal action against him.

 

Source: www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk

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