Hotel owner cautioned

A CAUTION has been given to the owner of the Westerfield House Hotel after the venue's fire safety standards were not up to scratch.

A CAUTION has been given to the owner of the Westerfield House Hotel after the venue's fire safety standards were not up to scratch.

A Suffolk County Council spokeswoman said Frank Howard, the director of the hotel in Humber Doucy Lane, which closed in April, was given a formal caution by the fire service following an investigation.

Earlier this year it was revealed that four couples had to find new venues for their weddings at the last minute when the hotel closed suddenly.

It is believed the hotel had its marriage licence renewed in July 2007 on the condition that by March 31 this year, the fire safety standards improved.

As it appears this was not achieved, the marriage licence was revoked.

At the time, the couples received a letter from Mr Howard, stating that “due to new restrictive fire and safety practice for grade two buildings, the hotel will be forced to close”.

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Suffolk County Council conducted a thorough investigation and it was found that there were inadequate fire and safety arrangements at the hotel.

A spokeswoman for the council said: “We have given a formal caution to the owner of the hotel, Frank Howard. The hotel is no longer trading so the persons are no longer at risk. The caution remains on file for five years.”

If a person refuses to accept a caution, it can lead to prosecution.