‘Rats the size of cats’ terrorising estate after years of ‘non-stop’ fly-tipping

People living on a housing estate in the West Midlands claim they are being plagued by giant rats.

The communal garages behind homes on Seymour Close in Coventry have been used as a dumping ground for fly-tippers which had caused a huge rat issue.

Residents say that "rats the size of cats" have been attracted by the rubbish scattered behind their homes and they have called on the council to fix the problem.

Fly-tipping has been a problem in Seymour Close for the past five years and large amounts of waste have been dumped from refrigerators to bin bags, broken glass to chairs, CoventryLive reports.

The large rats are now spreading into the residents' houses and the problem has become unbearable – one man found 10 rats in his house in recent years and even woke one morning to a rodent eating a box of porridge in his cupboard.

"This has been going on for about five years," said Paul Owen.

"They are treating it like a scrapyard and have filled it with so much rubbish there is nowhere else for them to put anything else.

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"I kept my nose out of it until I started getting rats in my house.

"The biggest was 14 inches.

"My missus likes to keep everything really clean and she said it stunk like a hamster cage so I lifted the floorboards up and found it full of rat poo.

"I have found one in my cupboard as well as it chewed a hole in a box of porridge.

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"We even hear them as it sounds like a dog digging a hole, they’re great big fat ones. We never had any of these problems until the fly-tipping started."

Residents say they have spoken to Coventry City Council about the problem and claim the council knows who they are.

They said they have even caught fly-tippers in the act but they want something to be done to prevent fly-tipping in the first place.

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Resident Brian Folan said: "If you come here early dawn you will see swarms of them running around. Some of them are the size of a domestic cat.

"We just want all of this tidied up and some gates put on it. It could even be demolished."

The site is made more problematic as there is confusion over who owns the land the garages are on.

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Seymour Close is largely maintained by the city council, but the end of the road is private and the access point to the garages is also thought to be private, but it is not known who owns it.

Ward councillor Roger Bailey said: "One of the biggest issues is trying to find out who owns the garages and the land and taking the responsibility to not only clear it but sort out its future."

Coventry City Council was contacted for comment on multiple occasions but has not replied.

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