Gloucester restaurant owner fined for fire safety breaches

The owner of The Connoisseur Tandoori Restaurant, Abdul Hamid Choudhury, pleaded guilty to ten charges at Gloucester Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 were brought to the attention of the fire service whilst they attended a fire at the property in the accommodation that was situated above the restaurant in November 2009.

Mr Choudhury was fined £2,900 in addition to costs of £1,500 and a victim surcharge of £15. The offences for which he was found guilty ranged from a kitchen that was sited in an escape route, failure to have fire resistant doors installed and the failure to have smoke alarms fitted. It was also found that workers at the restaurant had not been given any fire safety training.

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Lorry blaze involves 24 tonnes of cheese

A lorry, traveling along the A359 in Somerset, caught fire last week causing the load of 24 tonnes of cheese to be lost in the blaze.

The fire is suspected to have been caused by a fault on the lorry. The driver was on his way to have the fault repaired at a garage at the time of the blaze.

Four fire crews attended the blaze and the A359 at Galhampton Hill was closed for several hours.

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