Police find takeaway staff cooking near corpse
Police investigating a report of a sudden death at a British kebab shop found the owner cooking with a colleague’s corpse lying on a nearby sofa.
Jaswinder Singh was immediately ordered to stop selling food at the Pappu Sweet Centre and Catering in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.
And at a magistrates court on October 14, District Judge Martin Brown took away his business.
Singh, 45, was subjected to a Hygiene Prohibition Order, plus £3,861 in fines and costs. He had previously been fined £2,000 in 2001 for poor hygiene at the shop, which he had owned since 1996.
The shop sold kebabs and other takeaway dishes and Indian sweets.
The court heard that the police visit revealed rats, including a dead rat under a pan, mouldy food, flies – and staff dropping cigarettes and spitting on the floor.
Singh admitted 12 hygiene and pest control offences and apologised for breaking regulations. He said he had spent £2,000 on improvements and asked for one last chance to prove he could run the business properly.
But the judge described the conditions uncovered as “disgusting and horrendous”.
He said Singh was not a fit person to be preparing food for the public. “I have effectively taken away your business,” he said.
Top-selling UK tabloid newspaper The Sun, renowned for its punning headlines, titled the story “Goner Kebab” – a play on the popular takeaway meal, doner kebab, originally imported to the UK from Turkey.
The kebab has been associated with poor hygiene and nutritional standards – high salt and fat levels – for a number of years.
Pappu Sweet Centre and Catering has ensured that its reputation won’t be improving any time soon.
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