A Walthamstow chicken takeaway has been closed after council food safety inspectors found cockroaches infesting the kitchens.
Chick Point, 310 Hoe Street, was found to be infested with cockroaches while the kitchen was filthy and coated with grease when officers visited the premises in late November. They successfully secured a closure order from Thames Magistrates' Court.
The order means the owners must carry out improvements and deal with the pest problem before the business reopens.
Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: "The pictures speak for themselves. No-one would let their kitchen at home get to this state and yet the owners of this takeaway were happy to charge people for the privilege.
“Our teams inspect premises all year round and will always act quickly and forcefully to protect trusting customers.”
In a separate case, FES Restaurant, 42 Old Church Road, Chingford, was closed until improvements are made after inspectors discovered cockroaches in the dirty kitchen.
An easy way to decrease the risk of contracting something nasty from an unhygienic restaurant is to check the Food Standard Agency's Food Hygiene Rating Scheme before eating out. The tool offers a clear guide to any eating place's food hygiene rating so that you can make an informed decision - before a Merry Christmas becomes a very sickmas.
During 2017, council enforcement officers have successfully investigated and closed seven unhygienic restaurants, takeaways and food stores. This means that residents and visitors can enjoy eating out with peace of mind in Waltham Forest.