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Asda dealt hefty fine for fire safety breach Thursday, 7th June 2012
Photo credit: Asda
The nation’s second largest supermarket group will have to pay more than £55,000 in fines and costs after breaching fire safety rules at its Slough store.
The BBC on Thursday reported that the Royal Berkshire Fire Authority had brought two charges to court after a store inspection in June 2010. Reading Crown Court heard how two fire exits were repeatedly chained and padlocked closed over a 10 month period.
Asda admitted the two charges and was fined £20,000 per charge, as well as £15,500 in costs.
In a statement following the hearing, an Asda spokeswoman said:
"Two years ago a junior manager at the Slough store did not follow the same rules that thousands of other Asda workers follow up and down the country each day.
"This individual no longer works at the store or for Asda.
"The store has passed a number of fire safety audits since 2010 and continues to work hard to keep its customers safe and sound."