Dead cockroaches and old mouse droppings.

That's what a food hygiene inspector found when he visited Cafe Nomad in London Road, Norbury.

Inspectors from Croydon Council, who carry out the checks on behalf of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) look at how hygienically food is handled, the condition and cleanliness of the premises and how the management ensures food is safe and that standards are maintained.

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Each food outlet is given a rating between zero - meaning urgent improvement necessary - and five - meaning very good.

In this instance, Cafe Nomad, which describes itself as a Mediterranean restaurant and pizzeria, was given a one - meaning "major improvement necessary."

In the food hygiene report given to this newspaper, the inspector said the restaurant needed to "carry out a deep clean of the entire business" as well as carry out repairs to leaking pipes, broken tiles next to sink and replace ceiling tiles.

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In the report, the inspector tells the restaurant management: "You do not have a food safety system and there are no systems in place to keep food safe."

Inspectors found that improvement was necessary in areas of hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of facilities, and management of food safety.

Despite several attempts, a spokesman for Cafe Nomad was unavailable for comment.

The inspection took place in March this year.