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Block of flats overrun by huge squealing ‘dog-sized’ rats that even wreck cars

David Baker shared videos showing the rats feasting on bin food at his apartment in Thealby Close, Leeds and says he can hear them ‘three floors up’

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Over 20 rats found in bin outside Leeds apartment block

A resident in Leeds is furious after discovering massive “dog-sized” rats outside his flat.

David Baker lives in a three-story apartment block in Thealby Close and says that residents living in the block have had a rat “infestation” since Covid-19 began.

The 29-year-old shared video clips of him going into the bin room where a very loud squeaking can be heard.

Then he peers over the edge of the bins to discover around 20 rats feasting on food thrown away in the bin bags and jumping, reports Leeds Live.

David says he can hear the rats from three floors up in the block of flats.

David says he can hear the rats from three floors up in the block of flats
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The dad added that the rats are also causing damage to residents’ parked cars. Drivers are having to get their cars “repaired on a weekly basis” as the rats “chew through the wires” in the cars.

After allegedly having no help from the council, the dad-of-two took matters into his own hands. Recruiting a group of his neighbours, they took the rats to the council office in Civic Hall.

David said: “A group of us took the bin to the housing office, I tipped the bin into the car park and let them crawl all over the car park. The council told me that they agreed with me actually, they said it was a bit drastic but they agreed.

After allegedly having no help from the council, the dad-of-two took matters into his own hands
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In videos, the rats can be seen feasting in the bins and jumping
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“But then, as soon as one of the rats went near one of their cars a woman said ‘oh no the rat is going near my car’. I said ‘well I’m sorry love but we have to live where the rats are’.

“We have gone through car after car as the rats chew the wires in our cars. We are getting car repairs almost every week.”

He added: “I have two children who stay with me over the weekend and we can’t have rats where the kids are.

“One of my neighbours has had to move into a hotel because it’s so bad. Some of them are the size of a small dog.”

David Baker says his apartment block has had a rat “infestation” since Covid-19 began
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A spokesperson for Leeds City Council said: “Our pest control team have been working to treat this issue at Cromwell Heights and as part of this investigation we have identified a number of access points which we are working to have sealed and further baited. This should provide a long term solution to the issue in this area.

“Council services, including pest control, waste management, cleaner neighbourhood teams and Housing Leeds continue to work together to make sure problems are dealt with as quickly and effectively as possible. Further information about preventing infestations can be found on the council’s website: Pest control (leeds.gov.uk).”

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