Preston Magistrates' Court suffers disruption as an 'overflowing toilet' floods part of the building

Some criminal court cases in Preston have been delayed or moved to a nearby building after chaos was caused by a plumbing fault.

By Stef Hall
Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 3:45 pm

It is understood water from an overflowing toilet flooded into some backroom areas on Monday, leaving one courtroom unable to be used, and causing damage to carpets.

The building, on Lawson Street, was temporarily closed on Monday as the situation was assessed, but as of Tuesday, Preston Magistrates’ Court continues to run some of its courtrooms.

A court room at Preston Crown Court will additionally be used for some magistrates’ cases for the rest of this week.

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A HM Courts and Tribunals spokesperson said: “A small number of cases will be heard by nearby courts this week due to a plumbing fault at Preston Magistrates Court.”

The Government's website says although the building is reopen, custody cases will be heard at either Blackpool or Blackburn Magistrates’ Court.

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