York & North Yorkshire

Scarborough Council closes 'dangerous' flats

Privately-owned flats described as "dangerous" have been closed down by Environmental health officers in a North Yorkshire coastal town.

The flats on Beulah Terrace, Scarborough, were closed after inspectors found "numerous" hazards including an inoperable fire alarm.

Scarborough Council said it had "no alternative" but to close the property.

Council spokesman Gary Pickering said: "It is fortunate that no-one has been severely injured or even killed".

Mr Pickering, Scarborough Borough Council's senior environmental health officer, said the council was now considering further legal action in relation to the property.

In the meantime the flats have been partly boarded up due to the dangers posed by their "severe disrepair", he added.

In January, Scarborough Council closed more privately-owned flats in the town, at 10 Cromwell Terrace, amid fears over health and safety hazards including dangerous electrics.

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