Company which runs East End pub fined for fire safety contraventions

A BREWERY has been ordered to pay �27,481 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to breaches of fire safety legislation in an East End pub following a prosecution brought by the London Fire Brigade.

Punch Taverns PLC admitted guilt on seven contraventions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and was sentenced at Thames Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday).

The Milestone pub in Mile End Road, was inspected by fire officers who found a number of fire safety failings in both the pub and the first floor in July 2008.

The brigade said there was inadequate maintenance of the fire alarm and emergency lighting and issued an enforcement notice with time allowed for the brewery to comply with regulations.

Officers returned four months later and found a number of faults still had not been fixed.

Assistant Commissioner for fire safety regulation Steve Turek said: “London Fire Brigade will continue to take action when businesses, large or small, do not take their fire safety responsibilities seriously. Failure to comply with the law can, as this case has shown, result in a prosecution.”