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Local restaurant closed following failed inspection

A town restaurant and takeaway has been closed after an inspection by Great Yarmouth Borough Council revealed a cockroach infestation.

The council carried out an unannounced visit to Lek Thai in Marine Parade on November 17 after receiving a complaint from a member of the public. The inspection uncovered a widespread cockroach problem throughout the premises - including the food preparation area, bar, and storerooms.

Cockroaches can cause illness through contamination of food meaning they pose an imminent risk of injury to health.

As a result, officers served a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice on the business which required Lek Thai to close immediately. On November 21, the council then attended a hearing at Norwich Magistrates' Court where an order was granted to ensure the restaurant and takeaway remains shut until the council is satisfied health standards are met and conditions have improved.

Councillor Paul Wells, who chairs Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Environment Committee, said: ''We have many excellent food businesses that work hard to meet the required standards of food hygiene. However, there are unfortunately some occasions where some businesses fall short of the standards required.''

A spokesperson for the council added: ''It is imperative that food businesses maintain hygiene and food safety at all times, and it should be at the top of their priorities to ensure the safety of the public.

''Officers will not hesitate to act quickly if they believe public health is at risk. Our Environmental Health team wants to work with businesses to maintain high standards and officers are available to provide guidance and advice so people can operate safely."

To contact a member of the Environmental Health team please email or telephone 01493 846478

Last modified on 01 November 2023

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