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Fake fitter is prescribed a suspended prison sentence

An illegal gas fitter has been given a suspended prison sentence after carrying out gas work, issuing false gas safety records and forging the details of a genuine registered engineer.

Neil Hawkins, from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, carried out gas work at a GP practice and domestic properties between November 2015 and April 2017.

Mansfield Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Hawkins worked at the practice and two homes in Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Mansfield without being Gas Safe registered. The HSE, prosecuting, found that he had fraudulently issued a landlord’s gas safety record for both properties, and an inspection report for the GP practice, faking the details of a Gas Safe registered engineer.

Neil Hawkins of Welbeck Street, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty to one breach each of Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (as amended), Regulation 3(7) at each property. He was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of community service and to pay costs of £4,345.04.

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