WILLY WONKA has been fined £75,000 after rats were discovered inside his magical chocolate factory.
In court Wonka had claimed the rats were highly-skilled employees who were able to retrieve lost children from ventilation system.
His lawyers then insisted the rats were actually the pets of the Oompa Loompas, Wonka's army of cheap foreign labour.
But Justice Finch-Hatton ruled that the Wonka factory was "seriously deficient in terms of health and safety" and that Wonka "occupied a strange fantasy world, seemingly oblivious to the regulations governing the manufacture of confectionery".
It's the latest setback for the multi-national chocolate empire. Wonka is fighting four separate legal actions after a factory visit last year by a group of prize-winning children ended in serious injury and illness.
Augustus Gloop, a nine year-old German boy, contracted a rare form of food poisoning and is now paralysed down his left hand side, while British schoolgirl Veruca Salt was beaten unconscious by angry squirrels.
Wonka said he was considering an appeal adding: "The rats are my friends. How could I ask them to leave? They have kindness in their hearts.
"Unfortunately they also carry botulism in their lower intestines."