Firefighter urges pubs to raise standards

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A fire chief has urged licensees to up their game with regards to safety after a pub boss was fined nearly £13,000 for blocking fire exits. Denzel...

A fire chief has urged licensees to up their game with regards to safety after a pub boss was fined nearly £13,000 for blocking fire exits.

Denzel Wright, of the Comet pub, in Bromford in Birmingham, was sentenced at court last week after being convicted of seven offences at an earlier hearing.

The offences related to various fire exits and routes being blocked at the pub.

Following the case, Richard Woodward, head of the Birmingham fire safety enforcement and licensing team, said: "It is vital that anyone responsible for licensed premises understands their responsibilities under the Fire Safety Order and takes the necessary action.

"We have a statutory legal duty to ensure premises meet the legally required standards and our priority when dealing with these matters is always the safety of the public."

Wright was fined £1,500 per offence and £2,400 costs were awarded to West Midlands Fire Authority.

Woodward added that the problems at the Comet pub were identified during a visit to the premises by fire, police and council officers.

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