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St Anne’s Landlord Prosecuted

Landlord fails to keep tenants safe from fire

A fire in a flat at 49 Park Road, St Anne’s on Thursday 2nd December 2010 in which the occupant was fortunate to escape serious injury and a complaint made by local residents and information received from Fylde Borough Council, prompted an inspection by Fire Safety enforcement officers of seven buildings owned by Lytham landlord Mr Neal Gilligan. On 2nd August 2012 at a Plea and Case Management Hearing at Preston Crown Court, the defendant, Mr Neal Gilligan, pleaded guilty to 13 offences under the Fire Safety Order:

The defendant pleaded not guilty to a further ten alleged offences. 

At a hearing at Crown Court Preston on the 11th October 2012 Neal Gilligan was sentenced on 13 counts in respect of which he received a prison sentence of 6 months – suspended for 18 months – and is subject to a 6-month curfew between the hours of 7pm to 7am. He was also ordered to contribute a sum of £200 towards costs. He no longer owns the premises the prosecution case relates to. 

Lancashire’s Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Russel said,
 “The sentencing of Neal Gilligan marks the conclusion of a lengthy process that began with our efforts to impress upon the landlord what must be done to keep his tenants safe from fire. He made no attempt to comply with the law and this led to the issue of several enforcement and prohibition notices, ultimately leading to the prosecution case we see the outcome of today.”

Source: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

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