The director of a cinema complex has been fined after he put both workers and members of the public at risk of exposure to asbestos.

The director of the complex was prosecuted by the UK Health and Safety Executive after he allowed refurbishment of the derelict multi-screen cinema to begin without proper checks for asbestos.

The Magistrates’ Court heard that the director then went on to engage around 30 members of the public to remove the debris from the demolition work over the course of two days.

An asbestos survey was eventually carried out later that year, which identified the presence of asbestos in the building (after the debris removal). The survey recommended that no-one should enter the affected areas. Despite this, the court was told that the Director had been seen taking people into the building to view the ongoing work.

The Company Director pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and to breaching Regulation 5 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and Regulation 16 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. He was fined £11,660 and ordered to pay £7,000 in costs.