THREE Sheffield food outlets were closed in a week after environmental health officers found evidence of mice and rats.
Wardey’s takeaway on Glossop Road and Mediterranean restaurant Palmyra on the Wicker, and Red Sea Continental Food Store, Burngreave, received emergency closure orders - confirmed by a judge - at Sheffield magistrates court.
At Wardey’s, a rat ran across the floor when officers visited following a tip-off from a member of the public. Droppings were found in a customer area and kitchen.
At Palmyra, mouse droppings were found, while rats were found at Red Sea Continental two days later.
Officers closed all three businesses as they believed they posed an imminent risk to the public.
A council spokesman said: “These situations are not common, but we are experiencing a particularly cold period and rodents will no doubt be looking for warm places to harbour.
“It is important food businesses undertake routine checks to monitor for signs of pest activity, such as gnawing and droppings, and check there are no entry points that will allow rodents to get in.
“Food premises should be kept clean and equipment pulled out regularly to prevent dirt and debris accumulating that will provide a food source to pests such as rats, mice and cockroaches.”