Fined: Filthy cockroach-infested kebab shop in Marylebone

Live and dead cockroaches were found throughout the kitchen (Pic credit: Westminster Council)

Live and dead cockroaches were found throughout the kitchen (Pic credit: Westminster Council) - Credit: Archant

A kebab shop in Marylebone found with live and dead cockroaches throughout its filthy kitchen has been fined more than £17,000.

A dead cockroach, circled, in the dirty kitchen which was caked in grease (Pic credit: Westminster C

A dead cockroach, circled, in the dirty kitchen which was caked in grease (Pic credit: Westminster Council) - Credit: Archant

Abu Zaad, in Edgware Road, was closed down by environmental officers after they made the shocking discovery during an inspection last August.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard the infestation was so intense it had spread to where tomatoes were being cut and chicken skewers prepared.

Cockroaches were also found on food equipment, such as a bucket used for the storage of kebab skewers and the kitchen was filthy and caked in grease.

Inspectors also noticed that cloths and preparation surfaces were also dirty.

Abu Zaad is on Edgware Road (Pic credit: Google)

Abu Zaad is on Edgware Road (Pic credit: Google) - Credit: Archant

Yesterday the director of the shop was ordered to pay £7,000 and the company must pay £10,000.

Both must also pay costs.

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The shop has since been allowed to reopen and currently has a food hygiene rating of three out of five, or ‘generally satisfactory’.

Cllr Nickie Aiken, Westminster Council cabinet member for public protection, said: “Westminster City Council will not tolerate food outlets playing fast and loose with public health.

Inspectors found the kitchen in a filthy state (Pic credit: Westminster Council)

Inspectors found the kitchen in a filthy state (Pic credit: Westminster Council) - Credit: Archant

“The pictures from Abu Zaad are shocking and I am glad that those involved have been held to account and fined.

“Going forward we are working closely with Abu Zaad to help them improve food hygiene standards and I am positive that they have shown a commitment to this by making substantial changes.”