Sentencing deferred because breaches ‘so serious’

30 July 2015

A public house landlady has been committed to crown court for sentencing after pleading guilty to multiple fire safety offences.

Ms Carmel Heathcote of the Harrow Inn, Boughton, near Newark admitted to failing to provide the premises with adequate fire-fighting equipment, detectors and alarms, not reviewing the Fire Risk Assessment, and failure to ensure that people could evacuate the premises as quickly and safety as possible in the event of an emergency. 

Fire protection officers from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service also found a failure to supply appropriate emergency lighting and a lack of fire safety training for staff. 

The pub has sleeping accommodation for up to 16 people above the licensed premises.

Magistrates at Mansfield concluded that the offences were so serious that their powers were insufficient and therefore committed the case to Nottingham Crown Court for Ms Heathcote to be sentenced on 13 August.

Original sources

Gainsborough Standard

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue