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Chinese Restaurant owner convicted under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

A Chinese restaurant owner who had converted the loft space of his building into living accommodation for his staff has been convicted for sixteen offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

After being informed by the UK Boarder Agency who had previously inspected the premises, Fire Officers from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service visited the Teng Chinese Restaurant. On inspection the Fire Officer found, inadequate means of escape and no fire alarm or emergency lighting installed.

As the loft space conversion had placed occupants at risk of death or serious injury in the event of a fire, a prohibition notice was served ensuring that part of the premises could not be used until improvements were made.

Xueling Teng the Restaurateur pleaded guilty to all 16 breaches of fire safety and was duly fined 2000 and ordered to pay 1000 costs.