Malik’s Restaurant, Cookham in Maidenhead has been fined £85,000 over a number of “serious fire safety breaches” discovered after a blaze took place at the venue.
On 23 October 2020, Reading Magistrates’ Court heard that a serious fire broke out in the early hours of 6 December 2016.
An investigation by Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) found that there were a number of fire safety deficiencies found in the property, which included an “insufficient fire alarm and detection” in the residential part of the building and a “lack” of compliant fire doors.
Beta UK Limited, the company in charge of the restaurant, pleaded guilty to six charges under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
The defendant company was sentenced to a financial penalty of £85,000 and the authority was awarded the prosecution cost.
Beta UK Limited appealed the conviction and the appeal was heard on 6 May 2021 at Reading Crown Court. The Court upheld the financial fine of £85,000 and awarded the prosecution cost.
Councillor Colin Dudley, chairman of Royal Berkshire Fire Authority, said: “The majority of business owners comply with fire safety legislation but as this case shows, the consequences of failing to comply are serious.
“Following the incident in December 2016, our teams have worked to ensure that the owner of this restaurant was not able to escape the law. The message is clear – all business owners have a duty to help keep their staff and our communities safe. If they put anyone at risk by breaking the law, we will prosecute.”