A THAI and Chinese takeaway in Bournemouth voluntarily closed due to a mouse infestation.

In 2019/2020, three food establishments voluntarily closed after food hygiene inspections, and three others were served with hygiene improvement notices.

And in October 2019, the business operator of Mr Rice, in Wimborne Road, took the decision to close due to a mouse infestation, BCP Council confirmed.

Florentine Café in Charminster Road also closed in July 2019 due to an absence of hot water to the premises.

The same reason forced the business operator of The Porterhouse, in Poole Road, to close in November 2019.

Information on the action came to light from the Food Standards Agency’s annual report, which was published in December 2020.

The inspections throughout the year found that 96 per cent of establishments across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole were “broadly compliant” with regulations.

Furthermore, 92 per cent of interventions were achieved.

However, three establishments were handed hygiene improvement notices.

Following an inspection in August 2019, Bournemouth 360 in Wimborne Road was handed three improvement notices.

A spokesperson for BCP Council said: “Following a visit on August 6, three improvement notices were served requiring hot water to be provided to the wash basin in the staff toilet facilities, requiring repairs to the floor surface in the rear storage area and a further notice requiring repairs to the floor surface in the toilet facilities.”

Supermarket Romania in Christchurch Road was also given a notice to improve by inspectors due to the business not having adequate provision for the disposal or collection of food waste.

BH9 Minimarket, in Stanfield Road, was served a notice after an investigation following a complaint for the same reason.

The number of improvement notices and voluntary closures, however, was actually down on the year before.

The BCP Council spokesperson added: “Over 1300 food hygiene inspections were conducted during this period. In the previous year there were four voluntary closures and eight hygiene improvement notices served, so these figures represent a slightly lower number of enforcement interventions being required.”