Mansfield pair jailed for hotel fire safety breaches

A PUBLICAN and a fire risk assessor have both been jailed for putting lives in danger at two hotels in Mansfield.

David Liu (58), who runs The Dial Hotel and Market Inn, both on Market Place, was locked up for eight months and ordered to pay £15,000 costs after pleading guilty to 15 fire safety offences.

Safety regulations at his premises had been checked by John O’Rourke (43), who runs Mansfield Fire Protection Services, and who was also jailed for eight months and ordered to pay £5,862.38 after admitting two breaches of fire safety requirements.

A judge at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday told them: “It seems to me an example has to be set.”

It was the first time in the country an independent assessor has been convicted and the court was told people staying at the hotels had been put at risk of death or serious injury.

Inspections last July by the Fire Authority revealed inadequate fire doors, exit doors blocked or locked, no alarms or self-closing fire doors in bedrooms and no alternative escape routes.

Fire extinguishers had not been tested for three years.

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