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Floating city venue fined for padlocked escape exit

By Jonny Bell

The owners of a popular Belfast venue have been fined over breaches of its entertainment licence after inspectors found a gate padlocked at an escape walkway.

Lagan Legacy Ltd, owner of The Belfast Barge, was fined £450 for five breaches in all.

During an event on July 30, 2016, as well as the padlocked gate, inspectors found an exit blocked by band equipment, an emergency exit light above this door not illuminated; one half of the main entrance/exit door locked with a barrel bolt, and the proper pre-entertainment checks not completed.

The barge, which is over 65 years old, is moored permanently at Lanyon Quay.

Meanwhile, the owners of Spuds fast food outlet on Donegall Road were fined for selling food beyond its use-by date in January 2016.

William Sayers was fined £75 for placing two tubs of potato salad and one tub of coleslaw on the open market that was past its use-by date. Co-owner Gladys Sayers was given a conditional discharge for 12 months on the same three charges.

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