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Belfast bar had teaspoon in place of fire door handle, court hears

By Chris Woodhouse

Published 03/10/2016

Belfast bar faces nine charges of breaching licensing conditions.
Belfast bar faces nine charges of breaching licensing conditions.

A popular Northern Ireland bar had a teaspoon in place of a fire door handle, a court has heard.

The Hole In The Wall on Belfast’s Baltic Street, near the Antrim Road, faces nine charges of breaching licensing conditions.

These include impeding escape in the event of fire with a magnetic lock fitted to one exit door and the replacement of a push-bar with a teaspoon on another.

It is also alleged that the side exit route was blocked with a speaker and a fridge, and another with tables and chairs.

Other charges levelled against the north Belfast bar claim that fire exit signs were not fitted and illuminated emergency exit signs were not operating effectively.

It’s also alleged that there was no evacuation plan in place, staff were not trained in what to do in event of a fire, pre-event log book checks were not carried out and there was no noise-limiting working when entertainment was on.

All the charges are dated between February 13 and 19 this year. At Belfast Magistrates’ Court last week

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