Supermarket owner fined for breaching laws on fire safety

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A South Yorkshire supermarket owner who repeatedly ignored warnings to comply with fire safety laws has been fined £1,300.

Nabil Tariq, owner of Crest Supermarket, Doncaster Road, Goldthorpe, Barnsley, failed to maintain fire alarms, extinguishers and fire escape doors and failed to provide staff with fire safety training.

Tariq, aged 38, was found guilty by Sheffield magistrates of failing to comply with fire regulations, failing to comply with an enforcement notice and failing to carry out a risk assessment.

He was also ordered to pay £1,800 costs.

Terry Guthrie, of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, said: “We’re pleased with this verdict, as it shows business owners that fire safety legislation isn’t something they can simply ignore. If you don’t comply, you risk prosecution.”