Poundland has been handed a £24,000 fine for re-selling sweets and biscuits that had been nibbled by mice.

The discounter admitted breaching food hygiene regulations and was ordered to pay £2,910 costs as well as the fine.

Croydon Magistrates’ Court heard that a health inspector was left “shocked by what he had seen” at the Whitgift store in Croydon.

“Food that had been gnawed by mice, instead of being disposed of, was re-sealed with Cellotape by staff and put back on sale,” prosecutor David McNeill said.