Rat droppings and gnawed food at Leeds shop

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THE owner of a Leeds store where rat droppings were found and food had been gnawed has been hit with a court bill of more than £4,000.

Leeds City Council’s environmental officers prosecuted Noshi Foodstore owner Ifthikar Hussain after twice finding evidence of rats in the Harehills Road store.

Magistrates at Leeds heard environmental health officers found evidence of rats in the basement butchery area during an inspection on November 5 2013.

Officers temporarily closed the premises until Hussain could prove that pest control measures had removed the rat problem and food hygiene and safety standards had been met.

A follow-up inspection on January 22 2014 again found rat droppings throughout the shop and food items stored on shelves had been gnawed.

Officers immediately served a hygiene emergency prohibition notice, closing the store and stopping trade. Hussain was allowed to reopen the store on February 5 2014 after further pest control treatments were completed and the store was cleaned and disinfected.

Magistrates at Leeds handed Hussain a £1,000 fine and ordered him to pay costs of £2,939 plus £100 victim surcharge after he admitted failing to complete and return his food registration form and failing to put in place adequate procedures to control pests.