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.

3 West Yorkshire Companies are fined over fire safety failings at Student Accomodation in Leeds.

Two property developers and a building manager have been fined a total of £670,000 after fire safety failings were discovered at student accommodation in Leeds and were prosecuted by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Leeds Crown Court were told that as many as 27 students had been put at risk at Trinity Hall on Woodhouse Street, which was described as having “potential for catastrophe.”

Trinity Developments Ltd, who own the building, along with Niche Homes Ltd, who were contracted to manage and let the properties, admitted to the following safety breaches:

     

    • Failure to produce a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment
    • Failure to take proper precautions to make sure the premises were safe from risk of fire
    • Failure to provide an appropriate fire detection and alarm system
    • Failure to provide an adequate number of fire escape routes and exits

     

      APP Construction Ltd, who were responsible for the design and build of the property, admitted to one charge of failing to provide an adequate number of fire escape routes and exits.

      West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chris Kemp said that “some of our senior officers have not seen such a blatant disregard for the law and safety of residents in 28 years.”

      APP Construction Ltd were fined £450,000, Trinity Developments Ltd £160,000 and Niche Homes Ltd £60,000.

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