‘Giant rats’ invade housing estate and terrify children walking to school

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An infestation of ‘giant’ rats is plaguing an estate and the rodents are scaring children walking to school, a fed-up resident says.

Syed Gillani, who lives on the estate in Lenton, Nottingham, said rats are regularly seen “scurrying across the road” and sneaking around in residents’ gardens.

Mr Gillani, who has lived in the area for four years, told Nottinghamshire Live that the infestation has gradually become worse, and claims that locals and the council are both to blame.

The Uber driver said: “There are quite a lot of them and they are big. It is not very nice.

“In a day you can see a rat like 10 times. Kids see them when they are walking to school as they cross the street.

“We’ve had them in our back garden. It is a concern for everyone but we don’t know what to do.

“It is scaring the kids as they walk to school. They are big and it is not nice.”

Mr Gillani said residents have a responsibility to keep the streets tidy and it is Nottingham City Council’s job to clean up.

He said some residents tend to leave bags of rubbish next to their bins on the street, leaving him wondering if that has something to do with the infestation.

He shared photos which show rats in the street and in his back garden.

Mr Gillani said: “When we moved in the council was talking to the tenants saying do not dump stuff.

“People are not thinking. They are responsible as well, not just the council.”

Nottingham’s rat population has soared by 25 per cent in the past year, as rodents migrate from commercial areas to residential streets.

Pest controllers say the first lockdown in 2020 allowed rats to breed more readily.

Councillor Pavlos Kotsonis, who represents the area where the estate is located, said: “It is an issue that is mainly related to the bins.

“It is a serious concern. The biggest problem we have is Government cuts to have officers on the ground to help these things.

“Our teams are under pressure. Lots of stuff is happening but we need more money for resources.

“It is not just Syed, there are a number of residents concerned about rats. One of the main issues is the bins and we are doing all we can to address the issue.

“New students come every year so it is hard work to explain every year when it is bin day.”

The council has urged people to remove or securely store food sources, clear overgrown vegetation and rubbish from gardens, and repair holes in walls, missing drain covers and other defects to deter rat infestations.