Leamington cash and carry operator prosecuted after rats and mice found on his premises - The Leamington Observer

Leamington cash and carry operator prosecuted after rats and mice found on his premises

Philippa Mingins 14th Feb, 2024 Updated: 14th Feb, 2024   0

A CASH and carry operator from Leamington has been prosecuted after rats and mice were found on his premises.

Sinnavan Rasathurai pleaded guilty to nine hygiene offences which were discovered at his food business, Nishan Cash and Carry Limited in Southborough Terrace, when Warwick District Council’s food safety team paid a visit in January last year.

Mr Rasathurai appeared at Coventry Magistrates for sentencing on February 6.

The Court heard that persistent failure to take appropriate action to control a rat

and mouse infestation had led to the cash and carry being closed.

On sentencing, the Magistrates agreed that Mr Rasathurai had shown a “flagrant

disregard for his responsibilities”. The company was fined £14,000 and ordered

to pay a victim surcharge of £2,000, having been given credit for an early guilty


In addition, in his own right as being responsible for the day to day running

of the shop, he was fined an additional £8,800 and a £2,000 victim surcharge.

Again, credit was given for his early guilty plea. Full costs were awarded to

WDC and the bench thanked the council for bringing the matter before them.

Despite the intervention of WDCs food safety team and the advice given on making improvements, Mr Rasathurai consistently failed to take corrective measures.

WDC’s communities spokesperson Coun Jim Sinnott said: “We take this kind of offence very seriously. Food business operators who do not maintain safe and hygienic standards will be held to account for their actions. All decisions to prosecute will be taken in accordance with the council’s enforcement policy, this policy recognises the central and local government concordat on good enforcement.

“This case successfully brought to court by council officers, highlights the need

for food providers to ensure they maintain safe standards and make use of the

various resources available to them. As part of our regulator and business

charter, the council works hard to promote success in business while continuing

to provide public protection.

“Food business operators should adhere to advice provided by officers during routine inspections and make use of free information

and guidelines on legislation available to them on the Food Standards Agency

website, www.food.gov.uk.”


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