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Padlocked escape found at popular Belfast entertainment venue

By Jonny Bell

The owners of a popular Belfast venue have been fined over breaches of their 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 leaf of the main entrance/exit door locked with a barrel bolt and the appropriate pre-entertainment checks not completed by the person in charge.

The company was also ordered to pay costs to Belfast City Council, who brought the case.

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

Meanwhile, the owners of Spuds on Donegall Road were fined for placing on the open market food beyond its use by date.

William Sayers, owner of Spuds on Donegall Road, was fined £75 on three counts of placing food, namely 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.

The offences were committed in January 2016.

Both defendants were also ordered to pay costs to Belfast City Council.

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