Rat plague ‘terrorising kids’ as students’ bins ‘send vermin population soaring’

A plague of giant rats is terrorising Nottingham school kids – with the vermin infesting play areas and even scurrying in front of the kids on the school run.

Uber driver Syed Gillani says the problem has become far worse since he moved to the area in 2017: “ In one day you can see a rat like 10 times. Kids see them when they are walking to school as they cross the street.”

"We've had them in our back garden. It is a concern for everyone but we don't know what to do.

"It is scaring the kids as they walk to school,” he added. “They are big and it is not nice.”

"I've even seen them on the small park and play area.”

Mr Gillani emphasised it was as much the responsibility of residents to keep the streets tidy as it is Nottingham City Council's job to clean up.

He added some residents tended to leave bin bags filled with rubbish next to their bins on the street, prompting him to think this may have something to do with the sheer number of rats around his home.

Pictures show rats in the street as well as in the grass in Mr Gillani's back garden.

"When we moved in the council was talking to the tenants saying do not dump stuff," he said.

"People are not thinking. They are responsible as well, not just the council.”

Rat numbers in Nottingham jumped 25% in the past year as the rodents migrate from commercial areas to residential streets.

According to pest controllers, the first lockdown in 2020 allowed rats to breed more readily.

Councillor Pavlos Kotsonis, who represents Lenton and Wollaton East, told Nottinghamshire Live : "It is an issue that is mainly related to the bins.

"It is a serious concern," he said. "The biggest problem we have is Government cuts to have officers on the ground to help these things.

"Our teams are under pressure. Lots of stuff is happening but we need more money for resources.

"It is not just Syed, there are a number of residents concerned about rats. One of the main issues is the bins and we are doing all we can to address the issue.”

"New students come every year so it is hard work to explain every year when it is bin day," he added.

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