A takeaway boss smelled a rat when a rodent was captured on video scurrying around his premises.
A video circulating widely on social media shows the rat inside Kebabish, an Indian restaurant and takeaway, in John William Street, Huddersfield .
Owner Mohammed Akram, 44, said the shock footage was a set-up aimed at damaging his business.
He said: “We have had a problem with a group of seven or eight people who hang around outside the restaurant drinking and acting anti-socially.
“Over the last five or six months we have had problems with them. They come in and demand food but refuse to pay and abuse the staff. A number of times they have smashed windows of our place as well.
“We think that it was one of this group which has bought the rat into the store and then filmed it and posted it online. The first we knew of it was when we saw the footage on social media.
“We have never had a problem with rodents or any type of infestation in the last five or six years we have been trading so it is a complete shock.”
Mr Akram said Environmental Health inspectors had been into the restaurant on Tuesday and given it a clean bill of health.
He added: “If there was a problem they would have shut us down.”
Mr Akram said he had reported the yobs to police and added: “These people have caused us so much misery and also put our reputation on the line. We have done nothing wrong.
“We reported the damage done to our windows to police when it happened but no-one was caught. I have had to pay for that damage from my own pocket.”
A council spokesman said: “A complaint was received by Environmental Services on Tuesday 22nd March regarding a rat/mouse in the seating area at Kebabish, 11 John William Street, Huddersfield.
“An Environmental Health Officer visited the premises, unannounced, that same day and inspected all food storage and preparation areas. There was no evidence of any rodent activity or infestation at the premises and therefore there was no risk to health identified.
"The premises were found to be clean and well managed and had adequate controls to manage pests in place.”