Builder receives fine for fire safety breaches

Builder receives fine for fire safety breaches

MOHAMMED SALEEM was ordered to pay nearly £14,000 for breaching building regulations relating to fire safety.

Bedford Today reported on the prosecution of Mr Saleem, who was accused of breaching building regulations ‘which could have compromised fire safety’ at a property he was converting. He had ‘not complied’ with a range of the regulations, including ‘critical’ fire safety requirements while converting an existing office space into flats.

At Luton Magistrates’ Court, Mr Saleem pleaded guilty to breaching building regulations, and the court ordered him to pay a fine of £10,000, two separate extra fines of £1,000, a victim surcharge of £170 and £1,602 in legal costs, for a total of £13.772.

Colleen Atkins, portfolio holder for community safety and regulatory services at Bedford Borough Council, stated: ‘This conviction confirms the seriousness with which we take failure to comply with building regulations. Building regulations set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health for people in or about those buildings.

‘The council will continue to take action against people undertaking unauthorised work or sub-standard work in the borough which poses a risk to occupants and the public.’