The Istanbul Grill, a popular kebab takeaway on Market Street, has lost an appeal against the fine it received for breaching a prohibition order banning sleeping on the premises.
Although the owner Mr Iskender Anik, had previously pleaded guilty at Southampton Magistrates’ Court in September he decided to appeal against the fine he had received.
However the judge at the appeal hearing confirmed that the fine given to the owner was about right for the offences committed.
Mr Anik had been fined £3,300 for the breach then a total of £4,400 for four other offences.
The Prohibition Order had been originally served by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in December 2009 following inspections of the premises during which a number of serious fire safety hazards had been identified.
Mick Crennell of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said:
“Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service supports the decision taken at this appeal as this is justification of such a serious breach of fire safety”.
“We will continue to protect our communities through a robust risk management process that identifies the areas of highest risk and takes necessary steps to ensure their continued safety. Prohibition Orders are only issued in the most severe circumstances, to prevent a risk of death or serious injury in the event of a fire, breaching these Orders can have very serious consequences. Working in partnership with local authorities, we will continue to use the Service’s powers where necessary in order to improve the standards of safety throughout the county.”