Company faces court case over rat droppings find in shop on city estate

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The director of a firm that ran a shop on a city estate has appeared in court after rat droppings were allegedly found by inspectors.

Preston City Council’s environmental health team is prosecuting SMD Management North West, based on Kent Street, Preston, over an allegation it failed to notify the council its shop on Holme Slack Lane, Preston, was distributing food, and that it allegedly failed to comply with requirements to control pests.

The second count relates to accusations rat droppings were said to have been found in a back and front storeroom at the premises on December 4 2013.

The company also faces three charges that relate to selling out of date items of food.

It is alleged on December 4 last year it sold two out of date pork pies, with Spar Brussels pate sold on the following day when it was past its sell by date.

On December 10 it is alleged out of date turkey breast slices were sold.

Mayank Kumar Soni, a director, attended Preston Magistrates Court yesterday after the firm was summonsed.

He asked for the case to be adjourned a week to consider the allegations.

The shop used to be a Spar store, but no longer bears the name.

The company will next appear on July 2.