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The owners of a Paignton hotel have been ordered to pay over £16,000 after admitted a series of fire safety failures at the premises.
Gary Gregory, from the Cambria Hotel on Esplanade Road, in Paignton, pleaded guilty to three charges when he appeared at Torquay Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, April 26.
Mr Gregory was responsible for fire safety matters at the hotel and pleaded guilty to failing to act on the findings from a fire risk assessment carried out in 2011 and ensuring that adequate fire protection and prevention measures were in place at the hotel, failing to ensure that the hotel had an adequate fire detection and fire alarm system and failing to ensure that the fire doors on the fire escape routes were to a satisfactory standard.
Magistrates fined the hotel £11,400 and ordered the payment of £4,604 costs plus £120 victim surcharge.
In summing up, the magistrates said: “We hope you realise how seriously we view this case. We have taken a long time to deliberate and come to a decision because of the seriousness. You must realise the risks placed upon the people that used your hotel. You had a fire risk assessment carried out in 2011 with clear recommendations that you chose to ignore and put people at risk.
“For each of the three offences you are ordered to pay £3,800 per offence. You are also ordered to pay costs in full of £4,604 plus a victim surcharge of £120. We did take into account your early guilty plea and consideration was given to your income. We are pleased that you have done all the necessary work but this work should have been done in 2011.
Read the full story at the Torquay Herald Express