Regulatory and Licensing

Fine of £1,200 for underage alcohol and cigarette sale

Booze Corner Ltd, an off-licence in Willenhall, has been fined £1,200 after selling alcohol to a person who was below the legal age to purchase it. The sale took place during a test purchase exercise by Walsall Council's Trading Standards...

Zero star rating for Croydon TK Maxx store following mouse droppings discovery

On 11 April 2018, the TX Maxx store in Croydon was inspected by an environmental health officer from Croydon Council. The store was given a zero star food hygiene rating, which is the lowest possible score, after mouse urine and droppings were discovered on...

Fine of £1.6million for car manufacturer following Legionnaires' disease outbreak and explosion

Faltec Europe Limited, a car parts manufacturer in Tyne and Wear, was fined £1.6million at Newcastle Crown Court on 17 May 2018 following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease and an explosion at the plant in the same year.   The company...

Furniture manufacturer fined £8,000 for hazardous dust exposure

Andrena Furniture Ltd, a dining and cabinet furniture manufacturer in Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty at Luton Magistrates’ Court on 2 May 2018 to breaching Regulations 7(1) and 9(2)(a) of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002. ...

NHS Trust fined £300,000 after patient dies from Legionnaires' disease

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust) pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 on 20 April 2018 at Bristol Crown Court. The Trust was fined £300,000 and ordered to pay costs of...

Fine for sale of cigarettes to 16 year-old Test Purchaser

Abington Supermarkets Ltd and director Sohan Lal were fined at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on 17 April 2018 after selling a packet of 20 cigarettes to a 16 year old Test Purchaser in August 2017....

Three construction companies fined £526,499 after worker is injured in fall

On 17 December 2015, an employee of Wessex Insulation Limited, Weymouth, fractured his back in six places after he fell four metres through a fragile roof whilst installing insulation in ventilation ductwork at a leisure centre. An investigation by the...

Fine of £5,000 for failing to display food hygiene rating sticker

A restaurant owner in Cardiff was fined £5,000 on 27 April 2018 at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court for not displaying its two-star food hygiene rating sticker. Darren Beddis, owner of Brook Bistro, pleaded guilty to six counts of failing to display...

Fine of £60,000 after dead mouse discovered in nursery kitchen

The owners of Positive Steps Children’s Day Nursery in Shellingford pleaded guilty to five food hygiene offences at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on 10 April 2018. They were ordered to pay a fine of £60,000, costs of £1,851.05, and a...

Severn Trent Water fined £350,000 for water pollution

In November 2015, hundreds of dead fish were found in the River Amber in Derbyshire. Following an Environment Agency (EA) investigation, it was discovered that the pollution was caused by sodium hydroxide released from Ogston Water Treatment works which were...

Six-month prison sentence for food hygiene offences

The owner and manager of a takeaway, Kasim Ali Ahmed, pleaded guilty to 12 food hygiene offences committed at Harveys Chicken and Pizza in Kirkham. He was given a six-month custodial sentence on 6 April 2018 at Preston Crown Court. The offences included...

New Environment Agency powers: Zero tolerance on illegal waste sites

The Waste Enforcement (England and Wales) Regulations 2018 (The Regulations) granted new powers to the Environment Agency (EA) when they came into force on 29 March 2018. The Regulations allow the EA to restrict access to illegal waste sites by physical...

Ant McPartlin: Fine of £86,000 for Drink Drive Offence

On 16 April 2018, television presenter Ant McPartlin pleaded guilty to one charge of drink-driving at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court; resulting in a £86,000 fine, a 20-month driving ban, and £255 in prosecution costs. Ant McPartlin was...

Logistics company fined £373,000 after worker is crushed

On 14 December 2015, an agency worker at ERIKS Industrial Services Limited, a logistics company, received crush injuries whilst unchaining a vehicle ramp from a delivery lorry. A subsequent Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the...

Plastic manufacturer fined £1million after death of a delivery driver

Glynwed Pipe Systems Ltd recently pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £1 million. A delivery driver was struck by a fork lift truck while he was making a delivery at...

Center Parcs breaches Health and Safety legislation and is fined £250,000

Leisure giant Centre Parcs pleaded guilty to breaching s3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 after an eight year old child fell three metres from a tree whilst on an organised tree climbing activity. A Central Bedfordshire Council...

£1.1m fine for Poundworld following food safety and heath and safety breaches

Poundworld has received a significant fine after pleading guilty to health and safety and food hygiene breaches relating to a store it operated in Croydon. The company failed to ensure that the premises were kept in a clean condition and free from pests....

Waste Company Fined £13,334 for breach of Environmental enforcement notices

On 5 March 2018, waste processing company, Armabridge Ltd trading as “Skip-It Torbay” pleaded guilty to two offences of failing to comply with separate enforcement notices contrary to Regulation 38(3) of the Environmental Permitting (England and...

HSE fines Brierley Hill Manufacturing Company following Health and Safety Breach

An employee of A J Metal Products Ltd, a Brierley Hill based manufacturing company was injured after his glove was caught in the rollers of an industrial machine, leading to the amputation of one of his fingers. The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE)...

Wollaston builder jailed for fraudulent trading

James Carter, has been handed a 5 year prison sentence for various counts of fraudulent trading and breaching a suspended sentence for benefit fraud. The 40 year old from Wollaston, who has been known by several different names, traded under 8 different...
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