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Suspended sentence for fake gas fitter

An illegal gas fitter from Bolton has been given a suspended prison sentence for working on gas.

Bolton Crown Court heard how, in February and March 2016, Guy Hilton, trading as Aquafix, carried out gas work at two addresses in Bolton using a fake Gas Safe registration number. He was not Gas Safe registered.

The HSE, prosecuting, found that Mr Hilton had repaired a boiler, capped off the gas supply and carried out a landlord’s gas safety checks at one property, and repaired a boiler at another.

Guy Hilton of Ashley Avenue, Bolton, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 3(3) and 3(7) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. He was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to pay costs of £1,500.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Lisa Bailey said: “Guy Hilton undertook gas work which he knew he was not registered to do. All gas work must be done by registered Gas Safe engineers to ensure the highest standards are met to prevent injury and loss of life.”

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