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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

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