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Re: Care home & care home manager fined over fire safety

Care home slapped with £22,000 fine

The owner and manager of a care home in Newcastle have pleaded guilty to breaching the Fire Safety Order, after a fire at the property.

Tirsul Ltd, the company that owns Bowland Lodge, was ordered by Newcastle Magistrates Court to pay £18,750 in fines and £1,600 in costs for five contraventions of fire safety law.

Linda Parkin, manager of the care home, was also fined £2,000 plus £400 costs after pleading guilty to one charge relating to a locked fire exit. Officers found the fire exit nailed shut with a padlock fitted.

Group manager Darren Boddy, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "In this case the breaches placed the residents, staff and visitors at Bowland Lodge in serious danger of death or injury in the event of a fire or other emergency, and we were left with no alternative but to pursue the matter in court." Source: Info4Fire

Date Published: 13/05/2011
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