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Poundstretcher boss to face jury trial

Discount chain Poundstretcher has been convicted of a string of health and safety at work offences.

But the chain’s owner, Abdul Aziz Tayub, has denied the firm breached the regulations with his “consent, connivance, or neglect” and is due to be tried by a jury later in the year.

Swindon branch

The charges, brought by Swindon Borough Council, all relate to alleged offences at Poundstretcher’s shop on Swindon’s St Margaret’s Retail Park in October and November 2014.

Huddersfield-based Poundstretcher Ltd pleaded guilty to 16 charges when it appeared at Swindon Crown Court. It admitted it had failed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of workers at the store.

The firm also admitted breaches of the Work at Heights, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases or Dangerous Occurrences and the Personal Protective Equipment at Work regulations.

‘Not guilty’ plea

Owner Mr Tayub, 60, who gave the court a West Yorkshire business address, pleaded not guilty to 10 charges.

Judge Peter Blair released him on bail and adjourned the case against him until October 31.

The sentencing of Poundstretcher Ltd has been adjourned until Mr Tayub’s trial has been concluded.

Poundstretcher has over 400 shops in the UK with others in the Gulf states.

Source: Swindon Advertiser