Three men have been successfully prosecuted by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service following serious fire safety concerns in two blocks of flats.

Two Sunderland flat owners and the Managing Agent have been fined thousands of pounds following serious fire safety concerns in city property.

The premises, which were home to 11 people at the time, presented a serious risk to life due to the lack of fire resistant compartmentation and the lack of a working fire alarm.

Mohammedsalem Sabbar Mahdi, Abdullateef Sabbar Mahdi, the property owners, and Mr Ahmed Khattab, the managing agent, were found guilty of failing to reply to an Article 27 notice and fined thousands at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Mohammedsalem Sabbar Mahdi was found guilty on two counts of failure to reply to an Article 27 Notice. He received fines of £500 per offence plus £1563.19 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

Abdullateef Sabbar Mahdi was found guilty on two counts of failure to reply to an Article 27 Notice. He received fines of £500 per offence plus £1563.19 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

Mr Ahmed Khattab was found guilty on 4 counts of failure to reply to an Article 27 Notice. He received fines of £150 per offence plus full £1563.18 costs plus a £170 victim surcharge.

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