Curry house owner is fined £10,000

A restaurant owner has been fined £10,000 for the filthy state of his kitchen.

Khalique Miah, 44, was found guilty of breaking food hygiene rules at Ruchi curry house in Victoria Road at Swindon Magistrates' Court recently.

Mr Miah, of Beckhampton Street in the town centre, admitted five offences, and chairman of the bench Ken Price issued fines of £2,000 for each one.

The offences date back to March 22, last year, and Con Fernandes, defending, said that Miah had cleaned up his act and now invites customers into the kitchen to see the high standards for themselves.

Prosecuting, Philip Wirth said that it was the second time Miah had been prosecuted for poor standards of hygiene, having been before the courts in 2001 when the restaurant was known as Haweli.

Mr Wirth said that last year's raid by Environmental Health officers uncovered food debris all around the kitchen, cooking equipment in a poor state and no soap or clean towels by the sink. A fryer was covered in dirt, the net curtains were filthy and the extraction vents were not clean.