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Dead mice found in Belfast Poundstretcher during food hygiene inspection

Mice droppings, a strong smell of urine and two dead mice were found in a Belfast Poundstretcher store during a routine food hygiene inspection.

The owner of the Connswater pound shop has been fined £1,800 for three food hygiene offences after being prosecuted by Belfast City Council.

Environmental Health staff inspected the premises on February 14 last year and found hygiene conditions throughout the premises to be "unsatisfactory".

The shop was found to not be pest-proof, foods were not protected from risk of contamination and procedures "critical to food safety" were deemed inadequate.

The court heard that a remedial action notice was served to prohibit the use of storage areas at the shop, and was lifted on March 11 after three consecutive days of no pest activity and all pest proofing work completed.

Poundstretcher Ltd was also ordered to pay court costs of £75.

A Belfast City Council spokesperson said: "The hygiene conditions in the premises have subsequently been improved to the council’s satisfaction."

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