#Nightclub owner #NathanJones who runs the #VanillaBar in Blackwood and lives in #SpringfieldVilla in #Pontypool, was found guilty of two charges (Article 27 Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005) at the #CwbranMagistratesCourt on June 13th of the of ignoring fire service requests and not co-operating adequately with the fire service (South Wales Fire & Rescue Service) to complete safety investigations under the Fire Safety Order. He was ordered to pay over £8,000 in fines and costs.

The solicitor acting for Mr Jones and his company, #19StepsLtd, suggested that the fire service should attend the premises themselves and seek the information, which was rejected on the grounds that the premises had a court closure order on it, and that it was unreasonable to expect fire officers to locate material which could easily be identified by the company.

Judge Harmes said: “There is a public interest of a high level to assist Fire Service Regulations. Mr Jones’ offer through his solicitor is not sufficient. Judge Harmes went on to say that “In my opinion it is not the fire service’s job to sift through countless files and paperwork and your offer to provide the information is a sham facilitation.”
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