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Robin found in Portsmouth bakery run by Justin O'Malley

Inspectors' picture of robin
Image caption Council inspectors found a robin on two visits to the bakery

A baker has been fined and banned from running a food business after mice were found in his Portsmouth premises, along with a bird flying around inside.

Inspectors found a robin during two visits to Portsmouth Bakers Ltd in Copnor, then owned by Justin O'Malley.

He denied five charges of breaching food hygiene regulations in 2010 and 2011.

He was fined £7,000 by Portsmouth magistrates and was banned from running a food business in the UK.

Portsmouth City Council environmental health officers first visited the bakery at Dundas Spur, Copnor, after O'Malley, 48, took it over in 2010.

A further inspection in November 2011 revealed a deterioration, with a build-up of food debris, grease and dirt throughout the premises.

There were mouse droppings throughout and officers also reported seeing a mouse.

Alan Cufley, head of service for environmental health, said: "We believe he was supplying local businesses with rolls, cakes and other products.

"We gave him chances to put things right, but our job is about protecting the public, and we had no choice but to prosecute."

He said the ban imposed was the first such ban the council has obtained.

The bakery changed hands before the court case and the current business on the site has no connection with O'Malley.

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