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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Rubbish blamed for spread of rats on Barrow estate

RAT sightings in Barrow are being investigated by environmental health chiefs after residents of an estate reported rodents running amok near their homes.

The urban pests have been spotted in areas of Ormsgill, Barrow, in the last few weeks and residents are calling for action.

Heather Armstrong, 44, of High Lea Walk, said: “I had problems in my back garden. It was all clean and tidy, it wasn’t like there was a lot of rubbish out there.

“One morning I opened my blinds and I was looking out of my window and saw a rat.

“It was playing and jumping about out there in the grass. It was black and shiny – it actually looked quite clean.

“Every time we would open the door it would disappear. I reported it and then haven’t seen it since.”

Barrow Borough Council used to have a rat catcher which provided a free service for residents. They now must foot the bill if they want to get rid of the pests.

Councillor Ann Thomson, who is the council’s official spokeswoman for environment and planning said: “Officers in the environmental health department are investigating the sighting of rats in High Lea Walk and are working with the housing department to resolve the problem.”

Have your say

In complete agreement with you Steve. Dalton is the same, like a huge landfill site. Employ people to clean up and also supply more bins which have a lid to stop rubbish blowing everywhere! North West Evening Mail, make it a regional campaign, I'd happily get the children and parents from my school to contribute.

Posted by phil on 8 April 2014 at 11:32

Rats have been problem in this area for far longer than the 'last few weeks' as quoted in this article. I live a few hundred yards away from High Lea Walk and, despite taking measures (not feeding birds/using rat poison etc.), have seen rats in my garden on and off for at least a couple of years.
One less than clean family close by have now moved and with that garden now cleared of accumulated rubbish and dog muck hopefully the problem will ease off. I doubt it.

Posted by Ormsgill resident on 7 April 2014 at 21:55

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