Ex-Bolton takeaway boss fined nearly £5,000 after mouse poo found on premises

Environmental health officers made the grim find on a routine food hygiene visit.

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Inspectors ordered a restaurant to close after finding it infested with mice and filthy kitchen equipment being used.

Now the former owner of the Kohinoor restaurant in Derby Street, Bolton has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 by magistrates after pleading guilty of a catalogue of hygiene offences. Yasar Ali Begum, who previously ran Kohinoor, pleaded guilty to eight offences at Bolton Magistrates Court on Monday, March 27. He was fined £4,528 and ordered to pay costs of £2,490.

The restaurant is now under new ownership. Environmental health officers from Bolton Council initially visited the restaurant in February 2022 to carry out a routine food hygiene inspection.

They found mouse droppings, a filthy drainage outlet clogged with grease and debris and other unhygienic and dirty equipment. The findings led to the business being ordered to close due to the imminent risk to public health.

Mouse dropping were found at the restaurant Credit: Bolton CouncilMouse dropping were found at the restaurant Credit: Bolton Council
Mouse dropping were found at the restaurant Credit: Bolton Council

The business was allowed to reopen some weeks later following a re-inspection.

Bolton Council’s assistant director of environment and regulatory services, Garry Parker, said: “Our environmental health officers did an excellent job bringing about the successful prosecution against this individual.

“Poor food hygiene standards pose a serious threat to public health, and we will not hesitate in taking action against businesses who fall short of their legal obligations. We’re committed to ensuring food standards remain high throughout Bolton to safeguard our residents and visitors.

Food hygiene ratings are published online and members of the public are urged to check the rating before they buy food from a business.”

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