Hotel Owner Jailed For Serious Fire Safety Breaches
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A Blackpool hotel owner has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being convicted of 15 breaches of fire safety regulations.
Peter Metcalf, 51, was the owner of the Kimberley Hotel in the Lancashire seaside resort when it was visited by fire service and council inspectors in March 2013.
The officials discovered a number of serious fire safety issues, including a fire exit being chained shut, blocked escape routes, faulty wiring and a lack of a functioning fire alarm system.
At the time of the inspection, the 190-bedroom hotel appeared from the outside to have been shut down.
However, Metcalf actually had four tenants who paid £50 a week to live in the property and their lives had been put at risk by the absence of even the most basic of fire safety measures.
Passing sentence at Preston Crown Court on June 11th 2014, Mr Justice Russell QC told Metcalf he had “showed a callous disregard for people’s safety”.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service welcomed the sentence, which it said reflected the severity of offences that had posed a “serious risk to life”.
The case came just days after a Doncaster shop owner was given an eight-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to undertake 200 hours of community service after being found guilty of breaches of the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulation 2005 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Edward Ackroyd, 50, of Markham Road, Edlington pleaded guilty to the charges at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court after he was found to be illegally storing fireworks.
He held a valid licence to store and sell them at his Roman Party Shop in Balby, but it was discovered that he had also stored a substantial quantity of fireworks at an unlicensed property in Doncaster.
Terry Guthrie, Technical Fire Safety Manager for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Fireworks can pose a very real danger when stored illegally. Failure to store fireworks safely and within the clearly defined permitted weight limits could place those who live and work in that area at risk of serious injury or, on rare occasions, death in the event of a fire.”
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