Risking the lives of customers and staff at his business has cost one local businessman £25,000. As well as a £15,000 fine, the owner of Junness Indian Cuisine was ordered to pay costs of £10,300 after pleading guilty to five charges relating to inadequate fire safety standards.
A visit to the property on Southampton High Street on 21 August 2012 found:
- An inadequate fire alarm system
- The fire exit was not well protected
- There was inadequate emergency lighting
Following the visit a prohibition notice was served, stopping people from living above the premises. After evidence was found a number of times of people still living there and the problems with the premesis weren't fixed, the decision was taken to bring legal action against him.
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 under, 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."