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I have an elderly next-door neighbour who is a widower and he rarely leaves the house, so I was surprised when I answered a knock on my door and saw him standing there. He was clearly troubled, so I invited him in, made him a cup of tea and asked him what was the matter. It turned out that his garden was being ‘invaded’ by rats – he’d seen two! – and he knew they were coming as a result of his feeding his beloved wild birds. My neighbour was scared that there would be complaints about the rats and that he’d have to stop feeding the birds, and having seen me in my cammo gear a couple of times, he’d worked out that I might know how to sort out a rat problem.
He was right. Two evenings plotted up in my neighbour’s upstairs spare room, with my silenced Air Arms S410 for company, yielded five dead rats and the promise to deal with any future ‘invaders’, should my neighbour spot any.
My neighbour is now a friend, he’s got someone he knows will help him, and he’s turned out to be a great old chap with a long lifetime of interesting stories to tell from his days in the Navy. Win-win, I’d say. ‘CHUB’ TOMLINSON
Great story, Chub, and well done for helping out your neighbour. Please accept a splendid pair of Jack Pyke boots for your kindness. All the best – Ed