Former takeaway owners plead not guilty over alleged cockroach infestation

Calderdale Magistrates Court.

Calderdale Magistrates Court.

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Three former takeaway owners have pleaded not guilty to 43 charges in connection to a cockroach infestation.

It is alleged that thousands of alive and dead cockroaches were present at Naz’s Kebab House and Grill on Thomas Street South when it was visited by environmental health officers on October 18 last year.

A trap containing around 250 cockroaches is alleged to have been found on the kitchen floor and another with between 200 and 300 cockroaches is alleged to have been discovered below a fridge.

Cockroaches are also alleged to have been running across the floor of the premises, in a tray containing a cooked kebab, in a fat collection tray of a kebab cooker and on a compartment of a display cabinet close to a pitta bread and a bag of uncooked chips.

Mohammed Azam, 39, of King Cross Road, Halifax, Iftikhar Ahmed, 41, of Rye Lane, Pellon and Alquad Hussain, 42, of Sandford Road, Bradford, were granted unconditional bail and will appear at Calderdale Magistrates Court again on June 26.