A city supermarket has been shut down on public health grounds after council officers discovered it was infested with rats and cockroaches.

A court, after hearing how bags of food at the Asian Bazaar in Magdalen Street had been gnawed through by rats and cockroaches had infested the store, agreed yesterday to award Norwich City Council an emergency prohibition order to stop it from trading.

The order, which was served on the supermarket’s owner Shaju Joseph, means the shop must remain closed to the public until it has been thoroughly deep cleaned by pest control experts to rid it of the vermin and insect infestation.

Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday how the city council’s environmental health officers had carried out a routine check on the shop. Yvonne Blake, seeking the prohibition order on behalf of the city council, said officers had discovered a rat and cockroach infestation.

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