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Speaking to the media outside the court building, Warwickshire's community safety spokesman, councillor Richard Hobbs, apologised for the fire authority's failings.
Mr Hobbs said:
Explaining how he calculated the level of the fine, Mr Justice MacDuff said:
Warwickshire County Council has been fined £30,000 for health and safety breaches at the Atherstone fire.
Mr Justice MacDuff at Stafford Crown Court has said:
The Honourable Mr Justice MacDuff at Stafford Crown Court has said:
Atherstone-on-Stour Judge has said that the decision to enter the burning warehouse was the correct one, saying he, "has reached the conclusion that offensive firefighting was the correct decision."
Warwickshire County Council is to be sentenced for health and safety breaches linked to a warehouse fire which claimed the lives of four firefighters.
The local authority pleaded guilty in January this year to a charge brought under the Health and Safety at Work Act following an inquiry into the fire in Atherstone-on-Stour in 2007.
The Judge sitting at Stafford Crown Court has issued his opening remarks, saying; "The relatives have taken a close interest in this case I have read the impact statement. I understand the anguish at the loss of men who had their lives ahead of them.
"Men who went fearlessly into the fire in what was considered to be a routine fire at the time I have the most enormous sympathy. I know family members will understand my task.
"It is unusual for a judge to sentence a corporate body. There is no defendant to look in the eye."