Suffolk

Lowestoft plumber jailed for gas work while unregistered

A Suffolk plumber has been jailed for carrying out work on gas fittings and appliances when he was not registered to do so.

Paul Jowett, 40, of Nelson Road, Pakefield, Lowestoft, admitted five breaches of gas and health and safety regulations in 2009 and 2010.

He was jailed for six months at Ipswich Crown Court.

The Health & Safety Executive said he carried on working despite getting a written warning in April 2010.

Speaking after the hearing, Edward Crick, a Health & Safety Executive inspector, said: "When unqualified workers try to bypass the law they are not only putting themselves at risk of prosecution, they are also putting their customers' lives at risk.

"To make matters even worse, Mr Jowett was told to stop working on gas appliances and took no notice."

Paul Johnston, Chief Executive of the Safe Gas Register, said: "If you're employing an engineer, you should always make sure that person is Gas Safe registered.

"Don't just take their word for it, check they are on the register and check their ID when they arrive."

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