top of page
  • Writer's pictureEditor

Cockroaches found in restaurant fridge

The owner of an Indian restaurant in Aldershot has been fined £3,500 after an environmental health officer discovered cockroaches in a fridge.

Amjad Parvez Butt, the owner of Lali Gurash Restaurant, was fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £3,023 costs to Rushmoor Borough Council and a £50 victim surcharge after he appeared at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on 14th February for sentencing. He had admitted seven food hygiene offences at an earlier hearing.

The court heard that the cockroaches were discovered in the door seal of a fridge during a routine food hygiene inspection of the restaurant in Upper Union Street by an environmental health officer on 28 June 2017.

The business was immediately closed due to the imminent health risk and subsequent investigations revealed an ongoing and established infestation.

The court heard that Mr Butt was aware of the problem with the cockroaches but had unsuccessfully tried to treat it himself with household products. He had also failed to make sure that the premises were adapted to prevent entry by pests, equipment had not been kept clean and maintained in good condition, and food safety management procedures were not being implemented or maintained.

The restaurant remained closed for three weeks and was only allowed to re-open after Mr Butt was able to demonstrate that the necessary pest control treatments had been effective and remedial structural works had been carried out.

Councillor Ken Muschamp, Rushmoor Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Business, Safety and Regulation, said, “The action taken by the council sends a clear message to other food businesses that flaunting food hygiene rules will not be tolerated. It is also a warning to food business operators to act promptly in the event that they become aware of pest problems in order to avoid putting public health at risk. While we endeavour to support food businesses we take food hygiene extremely seriously and will not hesitate to clamp down on those who are failing to meet the necessary food hygiene standards.”


Recent Posts

See All

Food Festival to be bigger than ever

Hampshire Fare is delighted to announce that this year’s 21st Hampshire Food Festival is even bigger with a whole summertime of events running from 1st July to 31st August. Tracy Nash, Commercial Mana

Ancient shipbuilding skills come to life

Vistitors can watch hands-on shipwrightry at Buckler’s Hard when the Shipwright School returns to the maritime village on the banks of the Beaulieu River for the late May bank holiday weekend. People

Tourist centre re-opens

Gosport’s tourist information centre has re-opened following a deal between Gosport Borough Council and a local holiday business. Maritime Heritage Tours, run by Mike Critchley, has taken over the cen


Commenting has been turned off.
bottom of page