Kebab House owner fined over cockroach infestation

The owner of Newport Kebab House has been ordered to pay a total of £6,700 after an “extensive and active” infestation of cockroaches was found on its premises.

In February 2016, Telford & Wrekin Council received a complaint from a member of the public which resulted in a visit from an Environmental Health Officer and Food Safety Officer.

The business was ordered to be closed down and a reputable pest control contractor was brought in by the business owners. In March 2016, following further inspections, Newport Kebab House was allowed to resume trading.

At Telford Magistrates Court today, Bircan Ozcan of Roe Deer Green, Newport, pleaded guilty to a number of charged relating to food safety and hygiene regulations.

Mr. Ozcan was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,700.

Cllr Hilda Rhodes, Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Safety & Enforcement, said:“When our officers visited the premises they saw what they described as an ‘extensive and active’ infestation of cockroaches throughout the kitchen.

“During that same visit, the officers saw a customer being served, which led to the business closing.

“Telford & Wrekin Council takes food safety very seriously. Our food hygiene inspectors regularly inspect premises and award the premises with their individual food hygiene rating and take action where necessary.”

For more information about Telford & Wrekin Council’s food hygiene rating scheme, to check the rating of a food business in the borough, or to report a complaint regarding food hygiene, visit

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