Discount store is fined

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DISCOUNT retailer Poundstretcher has been ordered to pay £42,650 in fines and costs for three offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act over a failure to improve the Wheatley Hall Road, Doncaster, store after a council inspection.

The authority brought the prosecution after an inspection in 2010 found a store room overstocked, leaving aisles, walkways and a fire exit obstructed. An improvement notice was served on Poundstretcher to remove stock and ensure clear walkways and fire exits.

A follow-up inspection revealed fire exits were clear, but aisles were still overstocked, breaching the notice. The firm pleaded guilty at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court, and was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £42,650.