A restaurant owner has been given a prison sentence and fined a total of £29,000 after admitting a number of fire safety failings at his restaurant in Nottinghamshire.
When Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) visited the premises, they identified a number of issues including fundamental layout issues relating to protection of the staircase, the only means of escape from the upper floors, a lack of adequate fire doors, fire detectors, alarms and emergency lighting.
The business owner was issued with a Prohibition Notice, which prevented the first and upper floors of the restaurant being used as sleeping accommodation, with the only permitted use of these floors being for storage. A follow up visit by NFRS found that the Prohibition Notice had been breached with the first floor still being used for accommodation purposes.
The owner admitted to six breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 relating to breaches of a Prohibition Notice, inadequate fire alarms, inadequate escape routes and inadequate maintenance when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court. He was fined £15,000 and given a one month prison sentence for each of two breaches and a further two month sentences of immediate imprisonment in relation to the respective Prohibition Notice breaches, each to run consecutively. The judge advised that the sentences given would have been more severe had the defendant’s wife not just given birth to their third child. He was also ordered to pay £14,000 in costs.