Council's £30k fire deaths fine

Warwickshire County Council has been fined £30,000 for health and safety breaches after four firefighters died in a warehouse fire.

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Council: 'We will always remember the bravery of those who died'

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:

We pleaded guilty to the charge brought under the Health and Safety Act because we recognised and accepted that there were failings on our part back in 2007.

Since then, as the judge emphasised today, Warwickshire has become a model fire authority and our training is some of the finest in the country.

No fire service can guarantee that nothing will ever go wrong again but we are confident that our service is as safe as it can be.We will always remember the bravery of those who died in the service of their community and we offer our deepest condolences to their families and friends.

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Council to be sentenced over deaths of four firefighters

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."

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