Portsmouth magistrates have fined discount store Poundland in excess of £20,000 for disregarding fire safety rules. A fire service inspector had discovered that all three of the emergency exits from the premises were totally blocked from the outside by crates. The store had to be evacuated of staff and customers while the problem was resolved.
Poundland admitted contravening requirements to keep exits clear, and
also their failure to train a temporary manager in fire safety duties.