Owners of ‘cockroach-infested’ takeaway face 129 food hygiene charges

Calderdale Magistrates Court.
Calderdale Magistrates Court.

Three owners of a former takeaway in Halifax that is said to have been infested with cockroaches will appear in court next month charged with 129 food hygiene offences.

Iftikhar Ahmed, 41, from Rye Lane, Pellon, Mohammed Azam, 39, from King Cross Road, Halifax, and Alquab Hussain, 42, from Sandford Road, Bradford will appear at Calderdale Magistrates Court on May 1 facing 43 charges each.

It is alleged by Calderdale Council that the former Naz’s Kebab House and Grill, on Thomas Street South, Halifax, contained ten cockroach traps with more than 600 cockroaches in them.

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.

Other charges include a plastic draining rack covered in mould, a wash hand basin coated in grease and a chopping board engrained with mould.

The three men were granted unconditional bail.