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Essex business owner prosecuted for fire safety breaches

Essex business owner Razvan Boca has been prosecuted and fined for fire safety breaches.

Mr Boca of the Zani Restaurant in Tilbury was prosecuted for failure to comply with the requirements of a Prohibition Notice issued under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The Prohibition Notice banned the use of the upper floors of the restaurant being used for sleeping or resting due to no effectively escape route.

However in May 2016, a person was discovered sleeping in the premises and despite the Notice being given, more evidence was found a week later that people were still sleeping there.

Head of Technical Fire Safety at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Mark Earwicker, said:

“It’s unbelievable that Mr Boca would put the safety of these people at risk.

“In spite of our warnings and prohibition notice, Mr Boca continued to rent out the space above his restaurant for people to sleep.

“We do everything we can do advise and support businesses with fire safety, but we will not hesitate to prosecute if our advice is ignored.
 
Mr Boca was given a two month prison sentence for each count, suspended for two years to run concurrently and fined £1,000. Costs were also awarded to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. Mr Boca was also ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.

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