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Illegal gas fitter risks lives

Mr Duncan Johnstone, of Moorfields in Willaston, has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after he carried out work while pretending to be a registered gas fitter and left gas pipes at one house in a condition classified as ‘immediately dangerous’.

Mr Johnstone was ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service, and received a suspended six-month prison sentence.

He was also told to pay full prosecution costs of £2,702 after pleading guilty to multiple breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Deborah Walker said: “Duncan Johnstone carried out illegal and unsafe gas work over a period of nearly eight years and is lucky no one was seriously harmed as a result.

“Gas work has the potential to cost lives if it is not carried out by registered gas fitters. We will therefore continue to prosecute anyone who ignores the law.”

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