Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Gas supplier searches for illegally-filled cylinders

LPG supplier Flogas Britain wants to hear from anyone who has bought LPG in one of its bottles from Attock Metals & LPG Ltd. The company fears the illegally-filled bottles could be dangerous.

The call comes after a court victory aimed at ending the dangerous practice of illegally filling cylinders, which can cause gas leaks, leading to fires or explosions, and places customers in potential danger.

Flogas says it is determined to stamp the practice out. High Court proceedings have led to a fine of £10k, plus costs, and a suspended prison sentence for Attock director Mr Mohammed Hanif for illegally filling Flogas cylinders at premises in Leicester.

Flogas had undertaken a detailed investigation, capturing video footage of illegal gas cylinder filling practices during which the man was seen filling Flogas-branded LPG gas cylinders directly from an LPG Autogas tank. “Apart from this being unlawful and unauthorised, he didn’t weigh the cylinders to ensure the correct and safe level of propane gas was being filled, resulting in the cylinders posing a serious fire risk,” said Lee Gannon, MD of Flogas Britain.

Attock was already subject to the restrictions of a High Court Order prohibiting the filling or handling of Flogas cylinders after admitting this dangerous practice in 2014.

Flogas used the fresh evidence to launch legal proceedings against the firm and its sole director, Mohammed Hanif, on the basis that they were acting in contemptuous breach of the 2014 order.

Mr Gannon added: “We will use all measures available to us to protect our customers – which includes taking appropriate action against any illegal cylinder filling operator which could compromise public safety. The action undertaken here also serves to demonstrate our clear commitment to our authorised dealers across the UK”.

Flogas cylinders should only be filled at Flogas depots, which are equipped with calibrated weighing equipment.

Any Flogas cylinder customer who has been supplied by Attock Metal & LPG Limited that is concerned about this issue should contact Flogas on 0116 264 9095, who will be happy to help.

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