Rat-infested Indian restaurant closed by health inspectors

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An Indian restaurant has been closed after a routine hygiene visit uncovered rats, mice and filthy conditions.

Health inspectors said the owner of Sadiqa Authentic Indian Cuisine in king Street Thorne knew vermin were present but carried on serving food at the popular restaurant.

The restaurant operated by Mrs Shahila Begum and run by her husband Shahid Choudhry was inspected a few weeks ago.

Health inspectors found evidence of significant rat and mouse activity throughout the kitchen and ceiling of the premises.

The business was found to be in a filthy condition and there were issues with pest proofing.

The kitchen had damaged wall surfaces, giving access to rodents through the cavity walls, up to the empty flat above.

Councillor Joe Blackham, Cabinet Member for Enforcement, said: “Our staff found evidence that there had been significant rat and mouse activity. The owner of the business knew vermin were present, but still carried on operating and serving food. In cases like this it’s right that we act quickly and take strong action to protect members of the public.”

The premises were closed to the public by means of a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice.

The business has been ordered to remove all signs of vermin activity, carry out general structural repairs and to clean and sanitise all areas.

A hearing at Doncaster Magistrate’s Court validated the officer’s decision, issuing a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order. The business will not be allowed to open until officers are satisfied that the business no longer poses any further risk to public health.