Photograph: Inquisitive looking mouse

Mouse infestation closes Middlesbrough takeaway


The Chicken Hut takeaway in Borough Road, Middlesbrough, has been closed after inspectors discovered a mouse infestation.

Environmental health officers were forced to use the emergency close procedure to shut down the takeaway with immediate effect during a routine food hygiene inspection on Tuesday.

Judith Hedgley, an environment health manager for Middlesbrough Council, discovered serious risks to public health during the visit, including a mouse infestation and poor standards of hygiene.

She said: “The conditions in the premises presented an imminent risk of injury to health and therefore it was necessary to take immediate action to prohibit the business from serving food.”

The Chicken Hut has been closed via the emergency powers granted to the council under the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006, and this was confirmed via a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order granted by Teeside Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Councillor Charley Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s executive member for regeneration and economic development, has stressed that, although emergency closure powers are rarely used, in this case they were necessary due to the lack of hygiene.

According to the prohibition order, the premises will not be able to re-open until another inspection takes place and environmental health officers are happy that the takeaway will not put public health at risk.