Health inspectors have shut down a rat-infested Ravensthorpe takeaway.

Kirklees Council environmental health officers carried out a routine inspection at Bismillah Roti House at 666 Huddersfield Road and found rat droppings on tables in the food preparation area.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court was told how environmental health officer James Kaye visited the premises on Wednesday of last week.

He found rat and mouse droppings throughout the premises, which also calls itself FKC, Saifs Krunchy Fried Chicken. It describes itself as an “Indian and fast food takeaway” and sells curries, burgers and pizzas.

Rat droppings found in the basement at the Bismillah Roti House takeaway
 

Mr Kaye, an environmental health officer in the council’s food safety team, ordered the closure of the takeaway the following day due to the “imminent risk to public health.”

He told the Huddersfield court that rat droppings “carry a number of diseases including salmonella.”

Kirklees Council applied to magistrates for a Hygiene Prohibition Notice this week which was granted.

The notice will remain in force until Kirklees Council decides the takeaway no longer poses a risk to health.

When council officers are satisfied the takeaway has been cleaned up it will be allowed to re-open immediately.

Mohammed Zain, of Myrtle Road, Ravensthorpe, was named on court papers as the representative of the business.

A council spokesman said: “The business was closed due to a risk to public health. On Monday January 12, Huddersfield magistrates heard the case and granted a court order on the food premises operator Mohammed Zain to remain closed until the health risk had gone.”

Mr Zain did not attend court and the takeaway could not be contacted for comment.