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A fuming dad decided to take drastic action to prove his flat block is suffering from a rat infestation – by dumping rodents outside the council offices.
David Baker, from Leeds, said his three-storey apartment block has been plagued with "dog-sized rats" ever since the start of the pandemic.
In one video clip, the dad could be seen entering the bin room, before coming across more than 20 rats munching through the bin bags.
He claims they can be heard "squealing" from three floors up and says his neighbours have been forced to get their cars "repaired on a weekly basis" as the rats "chew through the wires".
After allegedly having no help from the council, the dad-of-two took matters into his own hands and recruited a group of residents to help him take the rats to the Civic Hall, reports Leeds Live.
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.
"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'."
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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."
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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