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Barry fire safety expert’s ‘valueless’ charity shop checks

A fire safety consultant who gave “valueless” risk assessments has been given a six month suspended sentence and 180 hours of community service.

Brian Fakir, 59, appeared at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan.

He pleaded guilty to 13 charges in relation to checks he carried out at four St David’s shops in South Wales.

At the Blackwood shop, Fakir “entirely missed” the fact the building had a basement.

He claimed his assessments were drafts but Judge Tom Crowther QC said there was no evidence of this.

“Your assessments failed to address the most obvious risks and it seems to me they were valueless,” he said.

“There can be little more frightening than a fire in a building. Those of us who work in the crown court have seen its consequences.”

He ordered Fakir to complete 180 hours of unpaid work in the community, and handed down a six month sentence, suspended for two years.

Judge Crowther added that the fact that someone could set themselves up to provide advice about fire prevention with no formal qualifications was “jaw-dropping”.

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