A bakery and deli bar in Birkby was hit with a court order demanding its immediate closure today.
Kirklees Council environmental health officers applied for the emergency prohibition order for La Jawaab of Blacker Road which offers a wide variety of food from sandwiches and paninis to desserts, ice-cream and custom-made celebration cakes as well as Asian sweets.
Inspectors found an active infestation of cockroaches earlier on August 3.
The man held responsible for the store was named in court documents as Arshad Mahmood of Ramsgate Street, Halifax.
After the Kirklees Magistrates Court hearing, Kirklees councillor Mohan Sokhal, (Greenhead, Lab), said: “I had an email from the environmental health department at Kirklees a week ago telling me this was going to happen.
“Business people, especially those involved in selling food, should think about their hygiene.
“It’s a serious health and safety issue and the conditions described there are not healthy and people should think about their customers.
“The council has a duty to take action in these circumstances and protect people who are buying food.
“The officers don’t take this kind of action without giving the owners a chance to improve things. They are given warnings first.
“The idea is to give them help to improve but obviously that has not happened here.”
A council spokesperson said: “The premises were inspected on 3 August 2016 and an active infestation of cockroaches was found.
"The premises were closed and the council applied for the emergency prohibition order which was granted on 9 August 2016. The premises will remain closed until the hygiene issues have been addressed and we have confirmed that there is no longer a risk to members of the public.”