Fire-hazard Northumberland takeaway illegally used as a four-bed residence fined

The owners of China Cook in Blyth have been fined after a NFRS investigation.

A Blyth takeaway has been prosecuted following an investigation by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service’s Fire Safety team. Following a routine fire service audit of the premises known as the China Cook, Waterloo Road, Blyth a Prohibition Notice was served on the 26th November 2021 preventing the use of upper floors for sleeping. This was issued as sleeping materials including beds and bedding were discovered on the first floor. A follow up visit on the December 10, 2021, revealed a breach of the notice as a person was discovered in bed asleep on the prohibited first floor. A representative of the company trading as the China Cook attended Newcastle Magistrates Court on the 28th April 2022 and pleaded guilty to the breach of a prohibition notice served by the Fire Safety Team preventing the use of the first floor and loft space for sleeping. A financial penalty of £3,418 was imposed. NFRS Group Manager for Protection, Richard Leighton said: “The means of escape from the first floor and loft area within the premises were inadequate in the event of a fire on the premises. “If there was a fire this would prevent people escaping safely. “During our follow up visit reviewing sleeping within the premises we discovered three beds on the first floor and one within the loft area. This left us with no option but to take the case to court.”