A city centre restaurant has been fined £14,000 after inspectors found an infestation of mice in the kitchen.

Red Hot World Buffet in Liverpool One shopping centre was also ordered to pay £7,816 costs after admitting breaching health and safety regulations.

Owners Passepartouts Ltd pleaded guilty to 10 counts at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court after mice droppings and beetle larvae were found during an inspection.

The restaurant closed in June and the owners are now in administration.

Evidence of rodents and rubbish were found across the restaurantImage copyrightLIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL
Image captionEvidence of rodents and rubbish were found across the restaurant

Environmental health officers visited the restaurant twice last year.

Live mice were caught on sticky traps and mouse droppings and grease were found next to food containers and near fridges.

Mice droppings were also said to have been found in the head chef's officeImage copyrightLIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL
Image captionMice droppings were also said to have been found in the head chef’s office
There was no evidence anyone had fallen ill after eating at the restaurantImage copyrightLIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL
Image captionThere was no evidence anyone had fallen ill after eating at the restaurant
Grease and food debris was also photographed by investigators in the kitchenImage copyrightLIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL
Image captionGrease and food debris was also photographed by investigators in the kitchen
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