Gallery of Shame

11 September 2019
Enforcement teams' recent successes in Waltham Forest

The council's enforcement teams work hard to keep consumers safe when they buy from food business in the borough as well as to keep neighbourhoods clean, green and safe for all to enjoy. Anyone caught operating a food business unsafely or unhygienically, or caught fly-tipping / fly posting, may be fined and even prosecuted.

Remember - you can quickly and easily check the food hygiene rating of any food business online by using the Food Standards Agency's online toolkit. You can report fly-tipping, fly-posting, or dog fouling directly to our crews to be resolved as soon as possible using Facebook Messenger or Twitter.

August 2019 Click to get info

Food safety

The owners of a Leyton-based wholesalers were given a £25,000 fine after Waltham Forest Council food safety officers found serious failings that could have endangered the health of customers.

Officers visited Jumbo UK Ltd, Unit 6 - 9 Lea Valley Business Park, 2-3 Lammas Road, Leyton, E10 7QU, and immediately shut the premises due to filthy, unhygienic storage conditions and active pest infestations.

On Thursday 25 July 2019 the case was heard at Thames Magistrates Court where Jumbo UK and its directors Hassam and Chady Krayem had entered guilty pleas. Despite trying to claim in mitigation that an employee responsible for pest control at the store had left without notice, the court found the defendants wholly liable. They were fined a total of £25,000, with an additional victim surcharge of £180 and costs of £1,000 awarded to the council.

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The dirty kitchen at Lagos Island
Dead pests litter the floor at Jumbo Ltd.

 

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The dirty kitchen at Lagos Island
Mouse droppings on top of boxes of food products.

On Thursday 8 August the Oasis Minimart, 358 High Road, Leyton, was closed after inspectors found a mouse infestation in the premises as well as a large amount of out-of-date food. In a unique twist, the owner had attempted to craft a homemade bait-box and created what inspectors described as a “mouse hotel” using several cardboard boxes. The mice had certainly made themselves at home as packets of gnawed food were also found in the store. Inspectors served a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice closing the retailer, and Thames Magistrates’ Court confirmed the closure and granted a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order (HEPO). Costs of £956.00 were awarded to the council.

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Mouse hotel at Oasis MiniMart
The unconventional mouse hotel at Oasis MiniMart

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Inside the mouse hotel
A view inside the "hotel"

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Oasis minimart
Not all the guests enjoyed their stay

Mice and cockroaches were found to be infesting the kitchen of Leyton-based BBQ Xpress, 826 High Road, when the food safety team carried out a visit on Tuesday 20 August. Sacks of rice in the storeroom had been gnawed by the rodents, and some were even covered in droppings. As inspectors lifted a sack to look closer, a live mouse ran out from behind. There were also cockroaches present in the kitchen and the toilet. Highbury Magistrates’ Court confirmed the closure and granted a HEPO on Wednesday 28 August, with costs of £864.00 being awarded to the council against BBQ Express Ltd. and its director Mukhtar Ahmed.

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BBQ Xpress, August 2019
The filth in the BBQ Xpress kitchen could have harmed anyone buying food

Also closed in August was fast food outlet Kebabish Original, 755 High Street, Leytonstone after inspectors discovered an active mouse infestation as well as poor hygiene and ineffective management control. Thames Magistrates’ granted a HEPO on 28 August and awarded costs of £806.00 to the council.

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A dead mouse and litter in the Kebabish kitchen
A dead mouse and litter in the Kebabish kitchen

 

Fly-tipping costs culprits 

Neighbourhood Officers investigated this rubbish dumped on Harbet Road, Chingford, and discovered evidence that led to the culprit being identified. The guilty party paid an out-of-court settlement of £1000 in early August 2019. 

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Chingford fly-tip
This fly-tip in Chingford contained information that led to the culprit being identified.

 

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Chingford fly-tip
The guilty party paid an out of court settlement of £1000

 

 

July 2019 Click to get info

Lagos Island

An outbreak of suspected food poisoning led to the closure of Leyton-based restaurant Lagos Island.

Officers started to receive complaints on Monday 8 July after guests who had attended a function at the venue started to experience illness and symptoms of food poisoning. Officers visited the premises the next day, Tuesday 9 July, and found out-of-date food that had not been stored correctly in the filthy kitchen, alongside an active mouse infestation.

On Thursday 11 July Thames Magistrates Court granted a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order (HEPO) and awarded the council costs of £1,980.00. The magistrates also granted a Food Condemnation Notice to destroy the rotten food that was found at the restaurant.

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The dirty kitchen at Lagos Island
Mouse droppings on containers storing food.

 

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The dirty kitchen at Lagos Island
Rancid, rotten eggs in the Lagos island kitchen

 

Team Waltham Forest successes - July 2019
 

During July 2019, council neighbourhood officers issued 103 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for issues including fly-tipping, overloaded skips, obstruction of pavements and more. The FPNs ranged between £150 and £400 and will be used to fund the essential neighbourhood services residents rely on day in, day out.

The team work all across the borough, from Leytonstone in the south to Chingford in the north, and everywhere in between to keep neighbourhoods clean, green, and tidy for all to enjoy. Here’s a round up of incidents in each ward in July:
 

Ward

FPNs issued

Cann Hall

9

Cathall

12

Chapel End

1

Chingford Green

1

Endlebury

2

Grove Green

11

High Street

6

Higham Hill

2

Hoe Street

5

Lea Bridge

3

Leyton

8

Leytonstone

7

Markhouse

20

Valley

2

William Morris

9

Wood Street

5

 

June 2019 Click to get info

The Hallz Delight Nature Hut, Unit 6, 100 Wood Street, Walthamstow E17 3HX was closed on Tuesday 4 June 2019 after a routine visit identified the poor structure of the premises as a potential risk to public health. Officers discovered that the kitchen was open to the outside environment, which could have resulted in contamination of food. Additionally, the business did not have a hot water supply.

On Friday 14 June, Thames Magistrates Court granted a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order (HEPO) and awarded the council costs of £835.00.

The next week, officers visited Master Halal Meat, 131 High Street, Walthamstow, E17 7DB, on Tuesday 11 June where they found an active mouse infestation in the premises, close to where meat was being prepared for sale. They immediately closed the business using HEPO powers, confirmed at hearing at Thames Magistrates Court on Tuesday 18 June where costs of £1,054.57 were awarded to the council.

In the final case officers closed the China House takeaway, 795 High Road Leyton, London, E10 7AA, on Wednesday 19 June after finding rats and flies infesting the premises, alongside very poor standards of cleaning and repair. They also found food being stored outside of temperature control, which could have led to it becoming spoiled. Costs of £748.00 were awarded to the council at a hearing at Thames Magistrates Court on Tuesday 29 June.

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China House was closed in June 2019
Pests had gnawed packets of food in the China House kitchen.

 

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China House, Leyton
Droppings were even found on the cleaning products at China House