Cafe shut after mice infestation

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A CAFE had to be closed down after it became infested by mice, Doncaster Council environmental health officers have revealed.

But the site is now back open again after the pests were removed from the site and the cafe was inspected again, it has been confirmed.

The rodents were discovered at the Megabyte Coffee Shop on Great North Road, Woodlands, during an inspection visit made after the council had received a complaint about the dirty state of the business and poor food handling practices, said a spokesman for the authority.

The council was granted a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order against the cafe’s manager, Pamela Lockin.

Environmental health officers said there was an imminent risk of injury to health from the infestation.

Doncaster magistrates granted the order after a representation from the officers.

They also ordered Mrs Lockin to pay £1,046.98 in costs.

The premises have now reopened after a week-and-a-half of closure, following the satisfactory completion of works specified by the council.

Coun Cynthia Ransome, cabinet member for communities, said: “Protecting public health is a key priority and we have no hesitation in taking legal action and closing premises immediately where an imminent risk to health exists.”

Mrs Lockin, who has been running the cafe for 10 years, confirmed she was back up and running.

She said the inspectors had wanted to see the premises clear for three days.

She added she had never seen something she would describe as an infestation in the cafe and felt the description had been an exaggeration.

She said: “It has not had a big effect on trade and our customers have all come back to us. We have a good reputation in the area as a cafe, and I think that is why people have returned.

“The authorities are satisfied that we are clear of the problem.”