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Two charged after raid on Blackpool hotel

Police and housing enforcement teams have served a warrant at the New Kimberley Hotel, South Promenade, Blackpool. Councillor Gillian Campbell (Cabinet Member-Housing and Public Protection).

Police and housing enforcement teams have served a warrant at the New Kimberley Hotel, South Promenade, Blackpool. Councillor Gillian Campbell (Cabinet Member-Housing and Public Protection).

A couple who ran a Promenade hotel have been charged with turning it into an alleged fire death trap.

Fifty one-year-old Peter Metcalf and his wife Susan failed to appear at Blackpool Magistrates Court to answer 15 summonses issued against them by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

The Metcalfs, formerly of Wyredale Road, St Annes and more recently the Halfway House Hotel, Squires Gate, had warrants issued for their arrest backed with bail.

The allegations they face concern the now closed down New Kimberley Hotel on South Promenade, South Shore.

They are jointly alleged to have breached fire safety laws causing a risk of death or serious injury in case of a fire.

This includes the lack of fire separators between floors and having fire alarms not in proper working order.

They are also accused of blocking a fire exit with gas cylinders.

The court heard they are further alleged not to have had proper emergency lighting and having padlocks on emergency exits.

The hearing comes after an inspection on the hotel in March last year by both council and fire health and safety chiefs.

The hotel, which has around 90 rooms and was previously used to host the British National Party conference, was closed as a result.

Four tenants and a dog were found inside the hotel, including one man who had been living in the property for three years.

 
 
 

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