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Developer fined £10k over building collapse

A Leicestershire developer has been fined £10,000 after a building he was refurbishing collapsed.

Bukan Singh Hothi, of Glen Parva, Leicester, pleaded guilty to breaching safety regulations over the 2007 incident, in which a Victorian Mill in Nottingham was razed.

The Health and Safety Executive said the building had been “subject to fire damage and become derelict” but that Mr Hothi had been trying to refurbish it as four residential units when it toppled.

Inspector Cliff Seymour said: “The collapse of the building nearly resulted in tragic consequences as one of the workers was in the building and only just managed to get out in time.

“The building that collapsed was located in a residential area and next to an infant school and these factors must be taken into account when planning the work.”

Mr Hothi, a director of 426 Leicester at the time, was also ordered to pay court costs of £7,500.