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Rat infestation leads to closure of restaurant which posed 'serious risk to public health'

There was an imminent risk to public health, Kirklees magistrates decide

A takeaway has been shut down after council inspectors found that it was infested with rats.

Kirklees magistrates today (April 13) granted a hygiene emergency prohibition order to keep the Pioneer Restaurant in Dewsbury closed until improvements are carried out.

The court heard that the Nelson Street based Indian takeaway and restaurant posed a serious risk to public health.

Kirklees Council inspectors went to the business on April 7 after a complaint was made about the eatery.

Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice issued to Pioneer Restaurant, Nelson Street, Dewsbury.

There they found clear evidence of a rat infestation, magistrates heard.

Droppings were discovered in the basement and the main kitchen.

The court was told that they were also found in food storage and preparation areas.

The business, run by Mohammed and Zishan Shafiq of Heckmondwike , was immediately closed down by inspectors.

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They applied to the Huddersfield court for the hygiene emergency prohibition notice in order to keep it shut.

Magistrates agreed that the premises posed an imminent risk to public heath and granted the notice.

The owners did not attend to see the council’s request granted.

Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice issued to Pioneer Restaurant, Nelson Street, Dewsbury.

The purpose of the order is to keep the business closed until the risk to public health is removed.

Pest control treatment on the site is already underway.

Council officers were set to return to ensure that the infestation is under control.

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