Poundstretcher, a national store chain, have been found guilty of fire safety breaches under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. These breaches will cost the chain store £55,000. This is already their second prosecution. Poundstretcher were found guilty of similar breaches in 2009 and were fined £20,500 for these breaches relating to their Halifax and Wakefield stores.
This new prosecution arose after a chance visit to the Castleford store by a fire safety officer. It was observed that the store had failed to ensure the safety of employees and customers by blocking fire escapes, inadequate training of staff and failing to review the fire risk assessment.
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