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New Curry Queen – we are not amused

A Leyton takeaway that appeared to offer a world of international cuisine has been uncovered by Waltham Forest Council as harbouring a world of unhygienic practices that included evidence of rats, mouldy food and filth.

New Curry Queen, situated at 466 High Road, Leyton, describes itself as an ‘Indian takeaway’, but also offers fried chicken, kebabs and pizzas. However, while the menu may offer a range of food fit for a Queen (sort of) the kitchen was discovered to be in a right royal mess.

Environmental Health Officers from Waltham Forest Council visited the takeaway on 27 February to carry out a routine inspection. They soon found evidence of rats throughout the premises. Droppings were discovered in food containers, underneath equipment and on the floors throughout.

Inspectors also described the premises as ‘filthy, with a poor standard of hygiene’, even finding mouldy food in the fridges. As a result the takeaway was shut down and on 3 March the Council obtained a hygiene emergency prohibition order from Stratford Magistrates Court. The Council was awarded costs of £512 at the hearing.

“It’s shocking,” said Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment. “There really is no other word for it. To think that rats were running around in the kitchen is really sickening.

“Our residents deserve better and when and where we uncover this sort of thing we will not hesitate to shut them down, haul them into court and publicise the fact. A business that treats its customers with such a level of contempt really does not deserve to be in business.”PHOTOS:

The takeaway on Leyton High Road shut down by Waltham Forest Council.

Just some of the rat droppings discovered at New Curry Queen.

Filthy conditions uncovered by the Council inspectors.

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