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.

November 2020 Click to get info

Food safety closures

On 5 November, Environmental Health Officers inspected Royal Chicken and Pizza, 381 Hoe St, Walthamstow, on receiving a complaint from a member of the public who spotted live cockroaches on the floor during a visit to the takeaway. 

Officers immediately shut down the business on discovering a cockroach infestation and poor standards of cleaning. On Thursday 12 November, Thames Magistrates Court awarded the team with a Hygiene Emergency Protection Order and granted full costs of £1,106.63.

 

 



 

Unlicensed music events

Event organiser, Abhishek Beltharia, aged 37 of Thornton Heath, faces a £10,000 fine for organising an ‘unlicensed music event’ (or illegal rave), after council and police officers discovered a second event being planned in the same location where an unlicensed party had taken place on 31 August.

On 8 September, police and council licensing officers carried out a follow-up enforcement visit to Unit 26, Forest Business Park, Argyll Avenue in Leyton, where between 150 and 200 people had previously gathered for an unlicensed party, in a serious breach of health protection rules.

On 25 November, police officers served Beltharia with a £10,000 fixed penalty notice under the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions on Holding of Gatherings and Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020.

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Music equipment seized by the police
Music equipment seized by the police

 

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Party supplies seized
Alcohol seized by police officers
 

October 2020 Click to get info

Food safety

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.

 

 

Nemo Nemo cash and carry shop in Leyton High Road was found to have poor standards of cleaning and a rat infestation during an inspection on Friday 16 October. A Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order was granted at Court on Thursday 22 October and full costs of £980 were awarded to the Council.

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Mouse droppings at Nemo Nemo
Mouse droppings at Nemo Nemo

 

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