Multi-agency activity closes commercial premises in Ross-on-Wye
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, West Mercia Police, and Herefordshire Trading Standards have successfully secured a closure notice for a commercial premise on Brookend Street in Ross-on-Wye.
Europe Quality Food has been forced to close for three months following a joint investigation by West Mercia Police and Trading Standards with assistance from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS).
HWFRS had issued an enforcement notice to the 'responsible person', after a previous visit highlighted a significant number of fire safety deficiencies. During a recent visit it was clear that the responsible person had not complied with the enforcement notice, placing staff, shop customers and the occupants of flats above the shop at an increased risk of death or serious injury in the event of fire.
Station Commander Sean Bailey from HWFRS said: "As part of our commitment to Saving More Lives, we will continue to work with our partners to take effective action against anyone who does not comply with fire safety law, ensuring that the communities of Herefordshire are as safe as they can be."
In addition to the fire safety failures, the shop owner and an employee pleaded guilty to charges of the sale and possession for sale of illegal and counterfeit tobacco products.
Sergeant Duncan Reynolds from West Mercia Police said: "We hope that this closure notice will send a clear message to those involved in serious and organised crime, that we are committed to disrupting and dismantling the criminal behaviour of those involved, while demonstrating that we will continue to work closely with our partner agencies to take action against those involved."
Please visit http://www.hwfire.org.uk/safety-and-advice/business-safety/ to find out more about Business Fire Safety or call 0800 032 1155 for fire safety advice and guidance or to report a fire safety concern.
If you have concerns about serious and organised crime or the sale of illegal/counterfeit tobacco products, you can report it by calling 101. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Always call 999 in an emergency.