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Restaurant owner fined for flouting fire safety laws

A Totton restaurant owner has been ordered to pay more than £4,000 for flouting fire safety laws and putting lives at risk.

The prosecution came after a fire occurred in a second floor bedroom above the Golden Dragon Chinese takeaway, involving electrical items, magazines and a suitcase.

The incident prompted Hampshire fire safety officers to undertake a fire safety inspection of the premises where it was identified that no fire alarm system was installed and no fire risk assessments had been carried out. A prohibition noticed was then served to Mr Jia Wu of the Goldren Dragon on 29 April 2014.

Mr Jia Wu pleaded guilty at West Hampshire Magistrates Court on 27 February 2015 for having no fire alarm system in his premises and no fire risk assessments.

At the hearing, the lay Magistrate stated that the standard in the premises fell well below what is required by legislation. She also mentioned that this was aggravated by the numerous risks including electrical extension cables overloaded and a non maintained extraction system.

The Magistrate fined Mr Wu £1,200 for each offence and the Service was awarded full costs of £1,963. The defendant was also requested to pay a £120 community surcharge. The total penalty was £4,483.

"We work closely with businesses to help them with their duty to comply with fire safety law, ensuring the safety of our community and making Hampshire safer, but where their responsibilities are not taken seriously, the Service will always consider prosecution. We would like this case to act as a timely reminder to business owners throughout Hampshire that the Fire Safety Order is in place. The safety of the public is our primary concern. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service will continue to utilise all the powers available to us in enforcing fire safety legislation."

– Head of Community Safety, Steve Foye


Cyclist hit by lorry

Police are keen to hear from drivers who may have witnessed a serious injury collision at the roundabout junction of the A326 and Ringwood Road at 8am yesterday morning.

A 26-year-old cyclist was involved in a collision with a large goods vehicle. She was taken to Southampton General Hospital to be treated for a serious, but not life-threatening leg injury. No-one else was injured.

Specialist equipment stolen from Totton site

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to following the theft Credit: Hampshire Police

CCTV images have been released after specialist equipment worth £3000 was stolen from a building site in Totton.

A hydraulic breaker that fits to the rear of a mini digger is a rusty metal colour and weighs 150kg so would be difficult to carry.

The heavy item was stolen around 5pm on Thursday 3rd April and 11am the following morning from the rear of a mini digger at the Larchfield site on Michigan Way.

Whoever took the breaker appears to have forced the fence next to a footpath that runs between the site and a care home on Derwent Drive.

Two people were spotted on CCTV in the area at the time. A picture of one of them is being released today as Police are keen to identify him.

Man, 51, arrested after raid on Hampshire house

Police have released more details of an incident at Rose Road, Totton, shortly after 11am on Thursday, January 30. It followed reports of four men acting suspiciously near the property. Police say the males were lawfully at the premises and remained to prevent a breach of the peace.

On arrival, officers observed some items at the address that prompted them to request a full search of the property. A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and drugs offences. He remains in police custody.


Fatal motorbike collision

The road traffic collision happened at 10pm yesterday Credit: ITV Meridian

A motorbike rider died after colliding with a Mercedes van last night.

The crash happened at 10pm on the A35 Lyndhurst to Ashurst road.

The motorcycle rider, a 59-year-old, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His next of kin have been informed and anyone with information should ring Totton road policing on 101.

TRAVEL - ROADS: HAMPSHIRE A35 Totton Bypass partially blocked in both directions - overturned lorry

The A35 Totton Bypass in both directions partially blocked due to overturned lorry at A326 Marchwood By-Pass (Rushington Roundabout). On the roundabout. A lorry is on its side on the Rushington Roundabout.

This is part of the diversion for traffic that is unable to use the Redbridge Roundabout due to works. The roundabout may need to be closed when recovery takes place.