Anger as dead rats ‘dumped in street’

South Wales Echo - - News -

A HOR­RI­FIED pedes­trian stepped on a dead rat in the dark and then re­alised there were sev­eral oth­ers scat­tered around his feet.

The grue­some find was made in Sarn near Brid­gend by Dar­ren Wil­liams, who videoed the scene and posted it on Twit­ter.

Eight dead rats could be seen strewn across the pave­ment in the light from his phone.

In a tweet to Brid­gend coun­cil, Dar­ren asked: “Is this your work? I stepped on one and could draw dis­ease to dogs!”

The fol­low­ing day the au­thor­ity asked for clar­i­fi­ca­tion on the lo­ca­tion and said its cleaner streets team would be re­mov­ing the dead rats.

But two days later Dar­ren tweeted the coun­cil again say­ing: “I’m re­li­ably in­formed they are still there. Rats ly­ing dead in the street! Dis­gust­ing!”

A Brid­gend coun­cil spokesman said: “It would seem that the rats were caught and killed else­where, then dumped on the road at this lo­ca­tion.

“Rats do not typ­i­cally die in such large num­bers on open or ex­posed ground, even if they have been poi­soned with bait.

“The coun­cil ar­ranged for the car­casses to be re­moved once the in­ci­dent had been re­ported.”

An­other man com­mented on Twit­ter that the dead rats – which were found near junc­tion 36 of the M4 on a small road which leads to a bridge over the mo­tor­way – were due to the coun­cil’s “waste col­lec­tion shame”.

In June, pri­vate com­pany Kier be­gan a new con­tract pro­vid­ing Brid­gend coun­cil’s waste ser­vices, but the scheme was widely crit­i­cised through­out the sum­mer af­ter de­layed col­lec­tions left food waste bins full of mag­gots.

Im­prove­ments to the scheme have since been made.

In July, Brid­gend was also named as the rat cap­i­tal of the UK.

Data from the Bri­tish Pest Con­trol As­so­ci­a­tion showed the au­thor­ity dealt with more call­outs to rats per head of pop­u­la­tion than any other au­thor­ity in the UK.

But the coun­cil branded the sur­vey “hugely un­fair” stat­ing that call outs were high as their ser­vice re­mains free and they record ev­ery re­port made even though there may be mul­ti­ple calls about a sin­gle in­ci­dent.

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