Alert over rat poi­son left on street

Salford Advertiser - - MANCHESTER MATTERS - Neal Keel­ing

LIVES have been put at risk af­ter rat poi­son was scat­tered on a busy street, say coun­cil of­fi­cers.

Twice large quan­ti­ties of pel­lets were found on the pave­ment of Great Cheetham Street East in Higher Broughton, Sal­ford.

It is sus­pected it was put down to kill pi­geons but the coun­cil says the cul­prits are putting lo­cal chil­dren, pets, and wildlife at risk – and say the bait is not ef­fec­tive for tack­ling pi­geons.

They have warned that those re­spon­si­ble could face crim­i­nal charges for lit­ter­ing and are ask­ing the public to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion to help catch the cul­prit.

A spokesman for Sal­ford coun­cil said: “We’ve had four pre­vi­ous re­ports of some­one scat­ter­ing rat poi­son pel­lets in Great Cheetham Street East at the junc­tion with Beven­don Square, near the Ori­en­tal Pearl take­away.

“We cleaned it up on Mon­day and the fol­low­ing day had to go back again and clean up an even more wide­spread scat­ter­ing. We es­ti­mate about half a bucket load was put down.

“We’re not sure why some­one would do such an ir­re­spon­si­ble thing but we sus­pect they think it will kill pi­geons roost­ing on the roof of the Ori­en­tal Pearl take­away.

“The pi­geons are un­likely to touch pel­lets like this but if chil­dren or pets or wildlife ate a lot of them they could be­come se­ri­ously ill.

“The most ef­fec­tive way to get rid of pi­geons is for lo­cal peo­ple to stop feed­ing them.

“Peo­ple may think it’s harm­less to throw a bit of bread out for the pi­geons or throw down bits of their lunch for them but it only en­cour­ages them to hang around the area. If there is no food for them they will move on else­where.

“Though th­ese pel­lets are widely avail­able to the public, coun­cil of­fi­cials only use them af­ter a care­ful risk as­sess­ment.

“We make sure they are placed where rats and mice can get to them but other wildlife and hu­mans can’t.

“To sim­ply throw them down in the mid­dle of a busy street is to­tally ir­re­spon­si­ble and it must stop im­me­di­ately.”

The pel­lets are thought to con­tain dife­na­coum which has been used in Europe for more than 30 years and is par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive against ro­dents.

How­ever, it is a po­tent poi­son for all mam­mals and should be kept well away from non-tar­gets, an­i­mals and hu­mans.

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion should call 0161 909 6500.

Rat poi­son scat­tered on the street in Higher Broughton

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