The owner of a Bradford restaurant was fined £15,000 after a Court heard he ignored a “long-standing” rat infestation in a cellar.

Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday that 34-year-old Javed Iqbal, owner of Omar Khan’s on Little Horton Lane, had been told by staff that four rats were “living in the cellar” eight weeks before Bradford Council workers carried out an on-the-spot inspection last December.

Harjit Ryatt, prosecuting for the Council, said Iqbal had called in a pest controller to identify how the creatures were getting in, but failed to take any further action until inspectors saw rats running across a cellar littered with fresh and old droppings.

The rodents had established “rat runs” and had “heavily gnawed” a box of pappadums and a bag of onions stored on the floor, which had evidence of rats’ urine, he added.

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