Red Shoot Inn is fined £10,000 for 'rodent activity'

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A POPULAR Hampshire pub was forced to close its doors after food safety experts discovered a kitchen infested with rats, a court heard.

Bosses at The Red Shoot Inn, in the New Forest, shut down temporarily after inspectors found rat droppings in the kitchen during a routine spot-check.

Closer inspection of the venue in Toms Lane, Linwood, found that rats had gnawed potatoes, which had been stored in a cardboard box on the floor of the kitchen.

Evidence of “rodent activity” was also uncovered in an outside bottle storage shed, where it was found that drinks were not properly protected against potential pest contamination.

The pub’s operator, Wadworth and Company Ltd, closed the site following the damning inspection by New Forest District Council in May.

It has since re-opened after health officers were convinced that the premises had been adequately pest proofed and that any direct risk to the public had been removed.

A representative from Wadworth and Company Ltd, based in Devizes, Wiltshire, pleaded guilty to five food hygiene offences at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.

In sentencing the firm, magistrates said it had failed to follow its own food safety procedures and had they done so, the rat infestation could have been avoided.

Magistrates added that the offences posed a “serious health risk to the public” and fined the firm a total of £10,000 – £2,000 for each of the five charges.

The company was also ordered to pay £3,746 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

New Forest District Council’s environment boss Cllr Edward Heron said: “It is totally unacceptable to allow rats into a food business

“Environmental health officers took appropriate action to protect public health and I am pleased the serious nature of this offence was confirmed by the court.”

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10:22am Fri 7 Dec 12

G0Rf says...

So who gets the £15 victim surcharge??
So who gets the £15 victim surcharge?? G0Rf

10:35am Fri 7 Dec 12

Dasal says...

“It is totally unacceptable to allow rats into a food business

Ummmmm....Gordon Ramsey ????
“It is totally unacceptable to allow rats into a food business Ummmmm....Gordon Ramsey ???? Dasal

12:08pm Fri 7 Dec 12

rich the stitch says...

"Popular pub infested with rats".
I thought it was going to be a story about Yeates in Southampton and the people who drink there.
"Popular pub infested with rats". I thought it was going to be a story about Yeates in Southampton and the people who drink there. rich the stitch

1:08pm Fri 7 Dec 12

MGRA says...

The only way I would EVER eat in a pub is if the landlord let me inspect the kitchen before hand....
The only way I would EVER eat in a pub is if the landlord let me inspect the kitchen before hand.... MGRA

1:20pm Fri 7 Dec 12

100%HANTSBOY says...

MGRA wrote:
The only way I would EVER eat in a pub is if the landlord let me inspect the kitchen before hand....
Why?
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: The only way I would EVER eat in a pub is if the landlord let me inspect the kitchen before hand....[/p][/quote]Why? 100%HANTSBOY

1:51pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Big Mac says...

2 large aubergines
4 small courgettes
2 red or yellow peppers
4 large ripe tomatoes
5 tbsp olive oil
small bunch basil
1 medium onion
3 garlic cloves
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1 medium rat
1 straw basket...
there you have it, Ratatouille in the basket!
2 large aubergines 4 small courgettes 2 red or yellow peppers 4 large ripe tomatoes 5 tbsp olive oil small bunch basil 1 medium onion 3 garlic cloves 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp sugar 1 medium rat 1 straw basket... there you have it, Ratatouille in the basket! Big Mac

2:17pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Boatman says...

G0Rf wrote:
So who gets the £15 victim surcharge??
The rats?
[quote][p][bold]G0Rf[/bold] wrote: So who gets the £15 victim surcharge??[/p][/quote]The rats? Boatman

2:24pm Fri 7 Dec 12

mack chinnon says...

nedscrumpo wrote:
If it was a chines restaurant they could have been added to the menu!
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. Chines?
[quote][p][bold]nedscrumpo[/bold] wrote: If it was a chines restaurant they could have been added to the menu![/p][/quote]HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. Chines? mack chinnon

6:29pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Lockssmart says...

Gino D'Campo guest chef?
Gino D'Campo guest chef? Lockssmart

6:32pm Fri 7 Dec 12

dolomiteman says...

G0Rf wrote:
So who gets the £15 victim surcharge??
It goes into a seperate account for victims of crime when compensation has been awarded by the courts and the offender has no means to pay. Every court case that involves a fine will also have a 'victims surcharge' added.
[quote][p][bold]G0Rf[/bold] wrote: So who gets the £15 victim surcharge??[/p][/quote]It goes into a seperate account for victims of crime when compensation has been awarded by the courts and the offender has no means to pay. Every court case that involves a fine will also have a 'victims surcharge' added. dolomiteman

9:12pm Fri 7 Dec 12

mr.southampton says...

Something tells me it won't be a 'popular pub' anymore!
Something tells me it won't be a 'popular pub' anymore! mr.southampton

10:35pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Super saint 1987 says...

I have been eating at this pub for over seven years, it is a lovely forest pub with a great atmosphere. The food is great and I have never had a problem with food or service and all round is a lovely experience. This will always be a popular pub in my opinion and really can't be judged untill you have been down there for a Sunday lunch and a lovely walk in the forest.
I have been eating at this pub for over seven years, it is a lovely forest pub with a great atmosphere. The food is great and I have never had a problem with food or service and all round is a lovely experience. This will always be a popular pub in my opinion and really can't be judged untill you have been down there for a Sunday lunch and a lovely walk in the forest. Super saint 1987

2:50pm Sat 8 Dec 12

beiroot says...

So the victim surcharge is another tax then.? Bet Blair or Brown brought that one in.It comes to something when even the crims have to subsidise someone else.
So the victim surcharge is another tax then.? Bet Blair or Brown brought that one in.It comes to something when even the crims have to subsidise someone else. beiroot

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