The owner of a Chinese restaurant has pleaded guilty to 16 offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Fire protection officers visited Tang Chinese Restaurant in Napier Street, Cambridge with environmental health officials from Cambridge City Council in 2011, following an inspection by the UK Border Agency which raised concerns about fire safety.
The loft space of the building had been converted into living accommodation with inadequate means of escape and no fire alarm system or emergency lighting installed. The conversion of the loft placed occupants at risk of death or serious injury in the event of a fire, so a prohibition notice was served on the premises, meaning parts of the building could not be used until improvements were made.
Xueling Teng pleaded guilty to all 16 breaches and on 26 April the district judge at Peterborough Magistrates Court said that due to the serious nature of the offences, the fine would normally be in the region of tens of thousands of pounds. However, due to the nature of Mr Teng’s finances this had to be limited to £2,000, for the breaches of the prohibition notice, plus £1,000 costs.
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