THE former boss of a takeaway in Old Trafford has been fined thousands of pounds after inspectors discovered cockroaches and mouse droppings at the site.

Umar Latif – who ran Latif's on Stretford Road – pleaded guilty to 10 food safety offences at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on Friday, October 8.

He was fined £12,000 and ordered to cover costs of £1,500 to Trafford Council, plus a £190 victim surcharge.

Inspectors from Trafford Council's Environmental Health team discovered the offences during routine inspections in January, August and September of 2020.

Messenger Newspapers: A photo taken by the inspectors.A photo taken by the inspectors.

In January 2020, the inspectors were shocked to find an infestation of German Cockroaches around the counter of the takeaway, as well as a number of mouse droppings throughout the site.

Latif's was also selling several tubs of coleslaw which were 95 days out of date.

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Furthermore, inspectors found that the takeaway was dirty, that the staff had no food safety training and that the requirements of the food safety management system were not implemented.

The site was given a rating of zero and closed due to a high risk to public health.

Messenger Newspapers: A photo taken by the inspectors.A photo taken by the inspectors.

In August 2020, after Latif's was allowed to reopen, the inspectors returned to find that the takeaway was still dirty, and that the food safety management system was still not implemented.

A follow-up in September 2020 confirmed this, which is when the boss was charged and summoned to court.

Responding to the sentence, Cllr Stephen Adshead, Trafford Council's executive member for the environment, air quality and climate change, said: "The conditions found in the takeaway by our officers were unacceptable and we will do everything we can to prevent cases like this.

"Our residents put their trust into food businesses to operate in a safe manner and we will always take swift action where a risk to public health is found. This prosecution shows that we take these matters very seriously and we will continue to do so in the future."