York nightclub boss hit with £173,000 court bill for fire safety lapses that risked hundreds of lives (From York Press)

THE boss of three popular night spots in York city centre and his company face a £173,000 court bill for fire safety lapses that risked hundreds of lives.

Aaron Matthew Mellor’s Toft Green nightclub Tokyo had faulty smoke detectors, fire alarms and emergency lighting, crates of bottles blocking an emergency exit and fire doors that didn’t work properly, York Crown Court heard. The premises also had furniture with torn covers that could have ignited and wooden panels along escape routes as well as an occupied bed-sit with a blocked exit and other fire safety issues.

The offences relate to February 2013 when the nightclub had a capacity of 850 people.

It changed its name to Fibbers when the music venue moved out of Stonebow into the premises in July 2014. Through Tokyo Industries which he founded in 1997, Mellor is in charge of Fibbers as well as neighbouring Black Orchid lap dancing and strip club and Stein Bier Keller Bavarian beer cellar.