A rat infestation has led to the closure of a general store in Wheatley.
Officers from the food team at Doncaster Council discovered rat droppings, chewed food and smudge marks left by the rodents’ fur at the Brox General Store on Broxholme Lane.
The filthy conditions were uncovered during a routine food hygiene inspection at the premises, which is run by Galib Hussain, 46, of Beckett Road, Doncaster.
There were indications that rats had been there for some time as they had chewed through plaster and skirting boards as well as wiring. Outside access points and movement trails of the rats were identified around the premises.
To protect the public, an emergency prohibition order was confirmed by Doncaster Magistrate’s Court last week.
Coun Joe Blackham, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, enforcement and trading Services, said: “Rats present a serious risk to health in food premises and it is vital that all Doncaster’s food businesses are kept free of such pests.
“Food business owners have a legal duty to keep their premises hygienic and free of pests and any failure to do so will not be tolerated.
The business has also been ordered to remove all signs of vermin activity, carry out general structural repairs and to clean and sanitise all areas of the premises. It will not be allowed to re-open until officers from the council’s food team are satisfied that the business no longer poses any further risk to the public.