ENVIRONMENTAL heath inspectors were called to a curry house that kept on cooking after the water supply had been turned off, a court heard.
Staff at the Al Nawaz restaurant on Providence Street were still preparing meals for the evening service despite Yorkshire Water turning off the supply at 10.25am on March 3 last year, Wakefield magistrates were told.
Officers from the council went to the city centre eaterie at 4.50pm the same day after hearing from the utility company.
Prosecutor Carol English said health officers discovered staff were still preparing curry despite not having any running water.
She said: “It is accepted food was being prepared in unhygienic conditions.”
Due to the risks to health, the officials issued a hygiene emergency prohibition notice. Their actions were later confirmed by a court, which ensured the premises remained closed until remedial action was taken.
Director Sarfraz Nawaz, 34, of Wicket Drive, Wakefield, pleaded guilty to failing to protect against contamination and failing to ensure wash basins were provided with hot and cold running water.
Nawaz, who has no previous convictions, told officers he visited the premises twice a week but hadn’t been informed about the water bill.
Anthony Lyons, mitigating, said staff didn’t know the water had been cut off and they thought it was a fault and would come back on soon.
He said: “No member of the public was put at harm.”
He also said the renovated premises reopened later with a clean bill of health.
He said the business, now known as Tabak, had since shut again.
Magistrates conditionally discharged Nawaz for two years and ordered him to pay the council’s costs of £1,004.72.