Restaurants found to be overrun with mice

TWO town centre restaurants have been fined thousands of pounds after being found overrun with mice.

Doncaster Council closed both the premises following the discovery which included one building which had seen a breach of health and safety regulations for the second time.

Ranjit Chakravorty and Imdad Khan, bosses of The Raaj Indian restaurant and Wok 'n' Roll respectively, were fined 6,000 between them for the environmental health breaches.

Chakravorty, 58, managing director of The Raaj in Copley Road, pleaded guilty to five offences under the Food Hygiene Regulation Act.

The restaurant was closed down following a complaint by a member of the public.

Council officers found dead mice on the premises and noted large amounts of mouse droppings in the kitchen, bar area, coffee preparation room, restaurant and all storerooms.

The restaurant was allowed to reopen after the council ruled it no longer posed a threat to public health.

Chakravorty, of Sheffield, was fined 2,000 and ordered to pay 1,015 costs.

Imdad Khan, from Grimsby, was fined a total of 4,000 after pleading guilty to eight breaches under the same legislation. It comes after Wok 'n' Roll in High Street, was raided by environmental health officers. Khan was also ordered to pay 862.16 costs.

The restaurant is no longer trading.

Environmental health officers previously raided the building when it was called Wokmania.

The then owners were fined 11,000 in January 2008 for health and safety breaches which included the building having dirty walls and floors, flies swarming around food, and staff smoking on site.

Khan took over the building following the fine setting up the new business.

After the court cases Coun Cynthia Ransome, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and customer services, said: "These excellent results from the courts are tribute to officers' hard work and dedication to ensure Doncaster is providing food outlets that are of the best standard."