Rats running riot in scared neighbourhood as vermin chew through car wires

Raw meat littered on a street has led to an infestation of rats that have started to chew through car wires in a terrified neighbourhood.

A street in Coventry has found itself in the midst of a vermin infestation along with reports of fly tipping and piles of rubbish covering the road.

Zia Khan, who is running as an independent candidate for Foleshill in the upcoming elections, has said the area has become "horrendous".

He added that dead rats on the street were a daily occurrence despite Coventry City Council delivering three large skips for residents to use for their waste.

Khan also stated that they are taking a number of steps to get the rubbish situation under control.

Speaking to Coventry Live, he said: "It is horrendous. Missed bin [collections] are adding to the problems we already have.

"Everywhere we go we're seeing black bags, if you're in a wheelchair or a buggy you can't get past it, we're seeing that on a daily basis."

Khan claims to have seen three different rats on various roads around the rubbish-clad streets of Foleshill last week.

He added that the rats have caused damage to local property and vehicles, saying: "A resident who brought a new car, rats from the rubbish got under the wiring and she had to get it fixed."

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Rats are reportedly a growing problem in the area because of local businesses throwing raw meat onto the street, with Khan saying: "It has been going on for a year, [they throw] old meat they haven't sold."

A council spokesperson said: "We have received reports from residents about issues with rubbish and rats in the Foleshill area and we have taken a number of steps to get this matter resolved.

"Our Pest Control team are already working in this area to tackle the rat population, and our Food Safety Team and Environmental Health Team will be investigating the reports of raw meat disposed of in the street. Flytipping any waste is illegal and we take reports very seriously."

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