A man has been ordered to pay more than £4,000 in fines and costs over dangerous living accommodation above a Lynn restaurant.
A prohibition notice was issued in July 2013 to prevent people from sleeping above the Marmaris restaurant, off the Southgates roundabout, following a fire there.
However, when fire service officers returned to the site in October 2013, they found people were still sleeping above the premises.
At Lynn’s magistrates court on Thursday, 27-year-old Celal Kara pleaded guilty to a single charge of breaching the conditions of a prohibition notice.
He was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £2,000 costs plus a £200 victim surcharge.
Following the case, Richard Herrill, head of fire protection for the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “People are at the greatest risk from fire when they are asleep.
“Therefore, the fact that Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service had to prohibit the use of the building in the first place is a serious enough matter.
“But to breach the notice demonstrates a real disregard to the safety of the occupants. Any notice served by the Fire Service needs to be adhered to. Failure to comply with a formal notice is an offence that carries significant penalties including imprisonment.
“Owners of any business need to ensure that they comply with any formal notice issued by the fire service.”