THE manager of a restaurant in Teignmouth has been fined £6,000 for cooking in a filthy kitchen.

Surfaces at the Taj Mahal were dirty and rodent droppings were found on the floor by food hygiene inspectors.

But the final straw for the council came when a decomposing rat was found in a storage room and the manager failed to improve the premises.

Magistrates in Torquay have fined Sultan Al-Mahmood for food hygiene offences and told him to pay another £773 in costs.

The company, Taj Mahal Ltd, which is no longer running the restaurant Fore Street, has also been fined the same amount.

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