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Freedom of Information

Published on 18 January 2021

Ref: FOI/21009

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 13th January 2021

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

I would be grateful if you could provide me with details from the Service’s records for the past 3 years. The information I require is details of prosecutions by the Service which have concluded in court proceedings and a defendant/defendants has been convicted.

In particular, I would like to know the fines, costs and other penalties awarded by the sentencing court as a result of the Service’s prosecution.

In order to reduce the information you have to collate I only require this information when the defendant prosecuted by the Service is connected with the leisure, tourism, hotel and hospitality sectors.

Reply

We have had 2 prosecutions, both at Birmingham Crown Court which could be considered as being in the leisure or hospitality sectors. We have none from the tourism or hotel sectors.

Those given below are within the 3 year reporting period requested – 01.01.2018 – 31.12.2020 inclusive.

  1. 3 defendants; one received 18 months immediate custody plus £14,736 costs. The remaining two each received 8 months immediate custody plus £6,000 costs (each).
  2. 3 defendants; one received a fine of £12,000 plus £9,351.37 costs. Defendant 2; a company, received a fine of £250,000. Defendant 3 received a sentence of 8 months custody suspended for 12 months, 200 hours unpaid work and costs of £9,351.37.

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For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

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