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Newsagent in Kilburn infested by mice forced to close

PUBLISHED: 09:16 11 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:23 11 November 2014

Gnawed packet of white whole chocolate packet found at the front of the shelf in the store (Pic credit: Brent Council)

Gnawed packet of white whole chocolate packet found at the front of the shelf in the store (Pic credit: Brent Council)

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A newsagent in Kilburn has been closed down following the discovery of a mice infestation so severe that the rodents gnawed through its stock.

Jumbo Newsagent in Kilburn (Pic credit: Brent Council)Jumbo Newsagent in Kilburn (Pic credit: Brent Council)

Inspectors from Brent Council took immediate action against Jumbo Newsagents in Kilburn High Road, after they found evidence that the mice had been munching through packets of crisps, chocolate bars and sweets in the shop.

The store was also littered with mouse droppings.

The owner was served with a hygiene emergency prohibition notice forcing it to close and fined £1,195 after being hauled before Willesden Magistrates’ Court.

Cllr George Crane, lead member for the environment at Brent Council said: “It’s crucial that businesses in Brent which sell food and drink don’t pose an imminent risk to health. Residents should contact us if they see that an establishment is unhygienic.

Mice dropping mixed with rodent poison and dirt behind and below boxes of crisps, also gnawed box behind the boxes (Pic credit: Brent Council)Mice dropping mixed with rodent poison and dirt behind and below boxes of crisps, also gnawed box behind the boxes (Pic credit: Brent Council)

“Our food safety teams carry out regular routine inspections but we also rely on residents to help us on these matters.”

If you suspect that a business in Brent is unhygienic you can report it to food safety team at Brent by emailing environmentandprotection@brent.gov.uk.

The store was closed on October 23.


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