Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order: Stumpy’s Shack, Wolverton

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Milton Keynes Council has taken fast action to temporarily close a Wolverton café and ice cream parlour after Thames Valley Police found cocaine at the site, posing a serious risk to customers.

Stumpy’s Shack at 1C Radcliffe Street was served a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice by MKC’s Environmental Health service on Friday 9 November, temporarily closing the cafe.

It was issued due to an ‘imminent risk of injury to health’ posed by the presence of cocaine on food contact surfaces and hand contact surfaces, identified by swabs taken by Thames Valley Police.

At a court hearing on 13 November 2018, a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order was granted by the court, with the Magistrate stating: “we are satisfied there was a significant and imminent health risk.  High levels of cocaine were detected by lawful means and we find an imminent risk to health and the order is granted”.

The premises will be re-inspected by Environmental Health Officers and Thames Valley Police and will be allowed to reopen once remedial actions have been taken by the company.