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Mice-infested restaurant closed

An Indian restaurant in Doncaster has been closed down after inspectors said they found dead mice and a large amount of droppings throughout the premises.

The action was taken after a complaint was made to Doncaster Council about the Raaj restaurant on Copley Road.

Food hygiene inspectors found the droppings in the kitchen, bar area, coffee preparation room, restaurant and all storerooms, the council said.

Legal action is now being taken against the restaurant's owner.

The business has been ordered to remove all signs of the infestation, carry out general structural repairs and clean and disinfect all areas of the premises.

'Public health'

The council said the restaurant would remain closed "until officers from the Environmental Health Department are satisfied that the business no longer poses any further risk to public health".

Jane Miller, the council's director of neighbourhoods and communities, said: "Doncaster Council takes food safety very seriously and will always strive to minimise the risks associated with the sale and purchase of food to its community.

"All food businesses in Doncaster are reminded that food safety should be their highest priority.

"It is totally unacceptable to break the Food Regulations and Doncaster Council will come down hard on any business that poses a risk to public health."

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