Housing estate plagued by ‘rats the size of cats’ causing sleepless nights

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Hundreds of people on a Greater Manchester housing estate say the area is “infested” with giant rats the size of small cats.

Some residents in Hattersley say they have contacted their local council about the rat plague, but claim they have been told their only option is to call in pest control experts at £80 a time.

Becci, a mum-of-two who has lived in Hattersley for three years, says she has contacted pest control at least three times in that period.

She says the rodents continue to return to her home every time, and that the problem is causing her countless sleepless nights.

"The whole estate is just absolutely overrun by rats now," Becci told the ManchesterEveningNews.

"When I first moved here there was one living under my floorboards, but now there are more of them. I spoke to my neighbour and she said it's the same in her house.

"Recently, it seems to have become a problem for everyone living here.”

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Becci added that she has been visited by pest controllers several times and while traps and poison have been laid in her garden, nothing seems to be working.

"It is pointless us doing one thing because nothing else is being done and it just becomes a vicious cycle," she added.

"When I moved in, I had sentimental items in my attic and they have all been ruined by the rats.

"I am worried because they can chew through things like wires which is obviously a fire hazard. I have a dog as well so I worry about what he might catch from them.”

Dylan Longmate runs a local Facebook group which has seen dozens of complaints about the rat problem. He said he first noticed the issue at the beginning of lockdown in March.

"I noticed something rustling in my garden and when I went out I found several rats," he said.

"I posted about it on the Facebook group and within an hour over 100 people commented saying it had been an absolute nightmare for them.

"I told people to ring the council which is what I did." He said. "They told me they couldn't do pest control for the whole estate and if we wanted them to come out we would have to pay ourselves.

"But people can't afford to keep paying £80 each time."

Dylan says the rats are scattered across the entire estate and that it has become a major problem for everyone living there.

The Daily star has approached Tameside local council for comment but has yet to receive a reply.

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