Weston Grand Pier legal action against alarm firm ends

Fire at Weston pier in 2008 The fire in 2008 destroyed the pavilion at the Grand Pier in Weston

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The owners of a pier which was devastated by a fire in 2008 have reached an out-of-court settlement with an alarm monitoring company.

The pavilion of the Grand Pier, in Weston-super-Mare, was destroyed in the blaze which was started by an electrical fault.

The pier's managers said the first alarm went off at 01:35 but no 999 calls were made until 07:00.

Essex-based Yeoman Monitoring Services was unavailable for comment.

The details of the settlement have not been revealed.

A pier spokesman said: "Yeoman Monitoring Services Limited has reached an out-of-court settlement with Grand Pier Limited to end their involvement in the court proceedings with no admissions of liability made."

Legal action against a second firm, System 2 Security, is due to be heard at Bristol Mercantile Court in November.

A spokesman for System 2 Security said it would not be seeking a settlement and said its monitoring equipment at the pier worked.

The pier reopened in 2010 after undergoing a £39m refit which saw the pavilion rebuilt.

The Grade II-listed structure first opened in 1904 and the original pavilion was destroyed in another fire in 1930.

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