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Shop owner arrested after telling firefighters who came to free trapped child not to break dough machine

By Mason White 10:02 AM September 23, 2014
Former owner of Pizza De Roma Sajid Mahmood 

By: Anika Rao
A man was arrested and fined after he would not allow firefighters to break his dough machine to free a child.

The incident took place at the Pizza De Roma, in the United Kingdom.

42-year-old Sajid Mahmood, the former owner of the pizza shop, told emergency responders not to destroy his machine to free the trapped child.

Mahmood was arrested after he worried over the cost of the machine. The machine costs £1,500 (£1 = $1.64).

He urged firefighter’s to dismantle the machine rather than free the injured child, who was crying, as three of his fingers were stuck in the machine.

Crews were concerned that the boy, who is the son of a shop employee, may lose three fingers of his right hand if they don’t free him quickly.

Mahmood was fined £6,000 and was ordered to pay an additional £7,000 after admitting to four breaches of health and safety laws.

The child made a full recovery. Mahmood has since sold the restaurant.