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Posted on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 10:58AM by
A Preston landlord and his property development firm have been fined around £28,000 for breaching fire safety regulations.

Lee Pemberton, a director of PemCo Investments Ltd, pleaded guilty to seven breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 relating to a property above a shop in Lune Street.

Officials from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service revealed that residents at the property would have been at risk of death or serious injury should a fire have broken out.

Among the offences were; failing to provide appropriate fire detectors and alarms and failure to carry out a suitable fire risk assessment.

Mr Pemberton was fined £1,000 for each offence and ordered to pay £500 costs, while PemCo was fined a total of £21,000 and required to pay £5,520 costs.

John Hampson, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service fire safety officer, said: "While we will always work with those willing to address fire safety issues, where unnecessary risks are being taken or management responsibilities flouted, we will not hesitate to take enforcement action."

Source: Fire Industry Association

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