Cockroach-infested Swindon restaurant remains closed

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Cockroach-infested restaurant in Swindon remains close as treatment continues
Cockroach-infested restaurant in Swindon remains close as treatment continues

A RESTAURANT at the centre of a cockroach infestation is still closed, the council has confirmed.

Council inspectors were called to Baban Restaurant and Takeaway where they were met with “one of the worst cockroach infestations they had ever seen”.

Oriental cockroaches were found inside and on top of the chest freezer, while they were even discovered inside takeaway containers, which were ready to be used for customers.

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Cockroaches were also visible on chairs and under the tables of the customer seating area as well as in the drainage tray in the front counter chiller where uncovered ready-to-eat foods such as cut lettuce, onion, red cabbage, lemons and jalapenos were ready to be served to customers.

Live cockroaches were found in a large open bag of dried red lentils, which were on a trolley next to the hot water boiler. Underneath, more than 100 dead and alive insects were found. There were so many cockroaches, officers had to request additional evidence bags.

It led to Swindon Borough Council applying to the court on April 28 for a hygiene emergency prohibition order, giving the authority power to keep the restaurant shut until the issue is fixed.

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In a statement on Monday (May 16), a council spokesperson confirmed that the infestation is still being treated.

He said: “The business is still closed whilst the infestation is being treated.

“When we are satisfied the health risk condition no longer exists, the business will be allowed to reopen.”

The borough council shut the restaurant down with a prohibition notice served after their lunchtime inspection on April 21, but needed to apply to the court for an ongoing order.

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In a witness statement presented to the court, health compliance team leader Carolyn Clinton described how she found a large number of live and dead Oriental cockroaches under the sinks in different stages of their life cycle.

In her statement, Mrs Clinton said: “As I continued to examine the areas behind equipment, shelving, cooking equipment, I discovered even more Oriental cockroaches. It is usually hard to find cockroaches during the day.

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“The infestation was so extensive adults and nymphs were scuttling around the premises on the floor, shelving and food preparation areas.”

“The infestation was the worst that I had ever encountered as an Environmental Health Officer in a food premises that was open, trading, and serving food.

“The conditions were appalling and showed a complete disregard to hygiene regulations and the health of the Swindon public.”

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