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Bexleyheath workers in fear of plague of rats from disused public toilets

PUBLISHED: 12:11 16 June 2011

Shop workers Emma Manning, assitant manager of Scope, Laura Sargeant, Sue Paterson, and manager of Graham Webb Hairdressers Katie Smeeth (l to r)

Shop workers Emma Manning, assitant manager of Scope, Laura Sargeant, Sue Paterson, and manager of Graham Webb Hairdressers Katie Smeeth (l to r)

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Shop workers who have been plagued by rats on premises say it is "diabolical" that Bexley council have not dealt with ongoing problems.

Sue Patterson, from Kidbrooke, who is the assistant manager of charity shop Scope on the Broadway, Bexleyheath, said that the problem had been going on for weeks.

Members of staff are too scared to go to the back of the store where council bins are located in case they come across the large rodents.

When the council were contacted by the Times, they promised to carry out a programme of baiting,

Despite this, Ms Patterson said she had contacted them on numerous occasions but nobody was sent out to deal with the problem.

Screams

She said: “When I first saw them, I screamed. I won’t go out there now. It’s absolutely diabolical. I contacted the council a few weeks ago and they keep saying that they are dealing with it. This has been going on for weeks.”

Bexley council officers admitted that there had been a recurrent problem of a rat infestation in the last 18 months in the area of the disused public conveniences in Townley Road, Bexleyheath.

A spokesman said: “Whenever rats have been reported a pest control company has been engaged to treat the area and refuse arrangements reviewed. We have received six calls from the public reporting rat sightings, and two from a premises in the Broadway.

“In response to these latest complaints an officer has already inspected the site with a pest controller, and a further programme of baiting will start on Monday.”

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