Filthy restaurants in Portsmouth warned: You will be prosecuted

Kebab meat left on the floor at Megabite
Kebab meat left on the floor at Megabite
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FOUL takeaways will be dealt with by the city council - and the worst will be prosecuted.

That is the message from the environmental health team as Megabite, in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, and its director Minoo Sefidan, 60, of Queen’s Grove, Southsea, was fined more than £10,000 by magistrates.

Steve Bell, environmental health team leader at Portsmouth City Council, said few cases are taken to court but when they are it shows how serious they are.

He said: ‘’When we come to court it’s always a serious situation - we don’t prosecute lightly.’

It comes as Megabite was hauled to court on Wednesday over mouse droppings, no hot running water and cooked burgers stored next to raw ones.

Mr Bell added: ‘We think it’s the right result for the long length of offences.

‘We always try to work with food businesses.

‘We only prosecute less than one per cent - it’s shown the seriousness of the case.’

In court the prosecutor Jenny Ager said: ‘Taking this matter to court is a last resort.

‘Portsmouth City Council prosecutes less than one per cent of food premises in the city and this shows how serious the food hygiene was in this case.’