Leamington restaurant fined due to rat infestation

Ali's Curry House in Bath Street Leamington.

Ali's Curry House in Bath Street Leamington.

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An Indian restaurant in Leamington has been fined thousands of pounds due to a rat infestation.

At Leamington Magistrates’ Court, Mohammed Muneer, the owner of Ali’s Curry House at 21 Bath Street, pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to ensure that adequate procedures were in place to control pests and that the construction of the premises failed to permit good hygiene practices, including the protection from contamination by pests.

He was fined £8,000 and full costs of £4,971 were awarded to Warwick District Council.

Council officers discovered the infestation in the premises during an unannounced inspection in September and Mr Muneer, who had previously been cautioned for food hygiene offences, agreed to close the restaurant until the public health risk had been removed.