Rat-infested garden is filled with so much rubbish its visible on Google Earth

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The back garden of a house in Birmingham contains so much rubbish it can be seen on Google Earth.

Frustrated neighbours say they have made little progress complaining to the council and that nobody answers when they knock on the property's front door.

Angela and Kevin O’Donnell, who live next door with their 10-year-old son, say the mound of rotting litter has attracted rats that regularly pass under the fence into their own garden.

The house in Tile Cross is thought to be owned by the local authority but its tenant was last seen some two to three years ago.

Speaking to the Metro, Angela, 45, said: "The next door neighbour’s garden is absolutely ridden with rubbish. The house is really dilapidated as well, it’s not nice to live next door to.

"The rubbish is piled up against the gate and we get rats going under the fence into our garden all the time.

"We’ve also got birds and seagulls coming down and picking open the black bags. They pick up the odd morsel or nappy and drop it into our home. We’ve got a little boy so it’s not nice at all.

"The trash is waist-high, even more so in parts. It’s a cesspit really and it’s just going to get worse and worse and worse, it’s going to end up looking like the local tip.

"We have phoned the council numerous times, phoned pest control and our MP, but there’s just been no movement."

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Google Earth pictures show the litter spilling out into the garden at the rear of the maisonette, where the rubbish is piled waist-high in one area.

The images from this year show black bin bags among other rubbish in the yard, which is located between other well-maintained homes.

Empty cans of beer, old clothes, a child's buggy and scooter, and plastic bags containing more rubbish and can be seen among the detritus.

Glass in the property's back door has also been smashed and replaced with cardboard.

The 45-year-old said she has been given a reference number after reporting the rubbish to Birmingham City Council but added that she gets passed around departments and sometimes cut off when she phones up to complain.

She said another neighbour failed to get a response from the council after making a complaint and insists that she's ready to go to court in order to get the problem dealt with.

Birmingham City Council said: "Birmingham City Council apologises for the distress this situation has caused.

"We have been working with the tenant to help them clear their garden as we are aware of the impact this is having on neighbours.

"As part of this ongoing support we will be clearing the garden and working with the tenant to ensure that it remains clear."

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