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Cockroaches found at restaurant
Tai Wu restaurant, Manchester
The firm which owns the restaurant admitted the offences
One of Manchester's largest restaurants has been fined 3,000 after health inspectors found cockroaches there.

The Tai Wu Cantonese on Oxford Street closed down voluntarily for three days after the inspection in 2006.

Inspectors found an "active" German cockroach infestation and a lack of cleaning of the premises and equipment.

Manchester magistrates also ordered Fully Base Ltd, which owns the restaurant, to pay 4,100 in costs for three breaches of food hygiene laws.

'Disregard for health'

The Manchester City Council environmental health officers went to the eatery in October 2006 following a complaint by a member of the public.

They noted food debris around and beneath equipment in the food rooms and bamboo steaming baskets stored in dirty conditions.

The flooring was so damaged that it could not be cleaned effectively, the inspectors said.

Councillor Neil Swannick, executive member for environment at Manchester City Council, said: "We will not tolerate this sort of negligence and disregard for public health.

"The Tai Wu is one of the largest restaurants in the city serving around 10,000 meals a week.

"It is unacceptable that they allowed standards to deteriorate to this level, potentially risking the health of a large number of people."

The Tai Wu closed down for a few days to carry out improvements.

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