Haggerston restaurant closed down due to cockroaches

Loong Kee in Kingsland Road was closed down following a cockroach infestation

Loong Kee in Kingsland Road was closed down following a cockroach infestation - Credit: Archant

A Vietnamese restaurant in Haggerston was closed after a diner complained about seeing cockroaches.

Following the complaint health officers from Hackney Council carried out an inspection of Loong Kee cafe, in Kingsland Road, and closed it on April 12 after deciding there was a risk to people’s health.

Owner L.K Cafe Limited was served with a hygiene emergency prohibition notice for a widespread cockroach infestation, poor cleaning and structural deficiencies.

On April 16, district Judge Angus Hamilton upheld the council’s decision to close the building at Stratford Magistrates’ Court.

He agreed that there was a health risk condition and commented that the business’s approach to pest control was “absolutely hopeless”.

He ordered the owner of the restaurant to pay costs of £620.

The owner worked quickly to make the premises fit to trade again including deep cleaning and producing a robust cleaning, sanitisation and implementing a pest control plan.

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The restaurant opened again on April 18.

The owner of Loong Kee cafe declined to comment.

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