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Neighbours complain about rat problem next door

07/12/2009

The neighbours of a house in Oxfordshire have complained that the property next to theirs is now in need of rat repellent after its owners moved away six years ago.

Residents living either side of the house on Foxhall Road have reported that rodents have been seen at the property.

Ben Bienkowski told the Oxford Mail: "I've seen a rat. There's no doubt in my mind it was a rat. I know what a rat looks like."

Tina Jeremy, who lives on the other side, also said the creatures were infesting the property. She explained her husband had been next door to collect a ball for her children and seen evidence of the vermin.

Environmental health officers have claimed there is no evidence of an infestation at the house, but have said they are looking into the matter further.

Last month, rats were thought to have caused a fire in a Rossendale home by chewing through electrical cables and creating sparks, the Lancashire Telegraph reported.

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