Sauna owner broke order

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.

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THE owner of a sauna in Blackpool’s red light district failed to complete court ordered unpaid work for the community.

Joanne Andrew, 44, of Brun Grove, Marton, admitted breaching a court order.

District Judge Rod Ross, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court, was told how in 2010 Andrew was sentenced to do 100 hours unpaid work for breaching health and safety laws at a sauna she was running at the time.

She completed 60 hours of the work then failed to keep appointments.

A court then ordered her to complete the remaining 40 hours unpaid work.

A probation officer said Andrew did not keep appointments and had not done any of the 40 hours work.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said the breaches of health and safety at the sauna his client once ran in the red light district of Blackpool had involved only minor matters, such as a heater not working, and the defects had been repaired quickly.

Andrew said she owned the building the sauna was in and now rented the sauna out. She added she had been unable to do the unpaid work as she was a single parent and had to take her son too and from school.

She was sentenced to four weeks imprisonment suspended for six months, made the subject of a residency order requiring her to live at her given address for 12 weeks and told to pay £50 costs by the judge.