Owner of 'appalling' Portsmouth takeaway banned from business
- 24 February 2014
- From the section Hampshire & Isle of Wight
A Chinese takeaway shop where a chicken was found defrosting in a bucket has been described by a health inspector as one of the worst he has seen.
The Tiger King in Albert Road, Southsea, Hampshire, was found to have a staff toilet with no seat or hand-washing facilities.
Mouse droppings were also found on the floor, with food on dirty shelves and filthy cloths on dirty work surfaces.
Former owner Daniel Fan previously pleaded guilty to five related charges.
The 33-year-old from Church Road in Portsmouth was banned from owning and running a food business until further notice, by Portsmouth Magistrates Court.
He was also fined £5,000 and ordered to pay nearly £1,400 in costs.
Richard Lee, environmental health manager at Portsmouth City Council, said the "problems" at the shop were some of the "worst we've ever encountered."
"The deterioration in the standards was considerable over a short period of time," Mr Lee added.
"The operator was putting the health of his customers at considerable risk and consequently I'm pleased with the decision of the court," he said.
"The decision to ban the operator from running a food business is evidence of just how appalling the conditions were and how he failed to make improvements when required."
Mr Lee said it was only the third occasion in Portsmouth that such powers have been used.