Gallery of Shame

6 February 2020

Alert

Successes and appeals from Team Waltham Forest

Our enforcement teams and neighbourhood officers work to keep residents and visitors to Waltham Forest safe and our borough clean and tidy. On this page we will share some of our successes prosecuting rogue traders, fly tippers, and unsafe food businesses as well as appeals for information about those caught on camera in the act of fly tipping.

You can report fly tipping, fly posting, and dog fouling direct to our crews for swift clearance using our online chatbot  on Twitter.

October 2020 Click to get info

Wong’s Chinese takeaway 42 Wood Street, Walthamstow, E17 3HT, was closed by Waltham Forest Council food safety officers after they found a large-scale mouse infestation and very poor standards of hygiene.

Officers even found a decaying mouse corpse rotting in the storeroom when they inspected the premises on Monday 12 October. Thames Magistrates’ Court approved the decision to close the restaurant on Monday 19 October and awarded costs of £980.00 to the Council.

 

September 2020 Click to get info

Food safety closures

Welcome Chinese in Waltham Forest was closed by officers in September. Thames Magistrates Court confirmed the closure was legal on September 25 and awarded the council £864 in costs.

 

July 2020 Click to get info

Food safety closures

Sea Breeze fish and chips

On Friday 17 July 2020 officers responding to a report of a rat sighting visited fish and chip shop Sea Breeze, 385 Hale End Rd, Woodford Green, IG8 9LS where they found rat droppings and gnawed cables inside the chest freezer, mouldy bread rolls for sale with food, and – most disturbingly – a decomposing rat carcass in the rear store room. At a hearing on Friday 24 July at Thames Magistrates Court the judge confirmed the closure by granting a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order, with full costs of £845.00 awarded to the Council.

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A dead rat at Sea Breeze fish and chips
A dead rat at Sea Breeze fish and chips

JB Foods

Health risks posed by rat and mouse infestations also led to the closure of JB Foods Ltd, Unit 1, 260 Church Lane, Leyton, E10 7JQ on Monday 13 July. The premises, which manufactures sweets and snacks and also provides catering for weddings and special events, was found to be in state of disrepair when inspectors visited with part of the ceiling having collapsed in the storeroom. At the same Thames Magistrates’ hearing on Friday 24 July the Council’s decision to close the premises was confirmed, with full costs of £1009.00 awarded. 

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mouse droppings on carrots at JB Foods
Mouse droppings on carrots at JB Foods

Man Foods

On Wednesday 22 July officers issued an Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice closing Man Foods, 3-5 Dorma Trading Park, Staffa Road, Leyton, E10 7QX, after they discovered active rat and mouse infestations alongside open containers of rubbish, poor hygiene standards, and inadequate cleaning measures. At a hearing at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 28 July the decision to close the Chinese wholesalers was confirmed and costs of £922.00 awarded to the Council.

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A dead rat in Man Foods
A dead rat in Man Foods

Fortune Inn

Leyton-based Fortune Inn, 70 High Rd, E15 2BP, was closed by officers on Tuesday 7 July after they found rats in the premises as well as substandard cleaning. When the case was heard by magistrates on Friday 24 July, the owners had been able to remove the imminent risks to health and so the magistrate signed a Declaration agreeing that the decision to close the restaurant was correct and awarded costs of £690.00 to the Council.

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Mouse droppings on the Fortune Inn floor
Mouse droppings on the Fortune Inn floor

 

May 2020 Click to get info

Private Rental Property licensing

Waltham Forest Council’s ASB and Property Licensing teams worked together to support a landlord whose tenants’ behaviour was making neighbours’ lives a misery.

In September 2019 the Council started to receive complaints about anti-social behaviour (ASB) at an address in Somerset Road, Walthamstow. Issues included frequent loud parties, illicit drug use, drunken behaviour, and fly tipping which were having a detrimental impact on the lives of neighbours.

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The mess was visible from nieghbours' windows
The mess was visible from nieghbours' windows

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The waste was attracting foxes and pests
The waste was attracting foxes and pests

April 2020 Click to get info

Food safety closures

Following a customer complaint regarding mice droppings in a chewed Easter Egg purchased at the store at Heybridge Way, Leyton, E10 7NQ, council officers discovered rodents amongst food items being offered for sale to the general public. Gnaw marks were visible on some food, and droppings were found in packaging as well as under shelves. Officers immediately served a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice to close the store and prevent any harm to the public. 

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Aldi closed due to poor hygiene
Aldi closed due to poor hygiene

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Aldi closed due to poor hygiene
Aldi closed due to poor hygiene