Staines traders' concerns over rat risk

Image caption Rats have been feeding on food waste from overflowing wheelie bins

Traders in a Surrey town have said a rat infestation caused by overspilling wheelie bins may cause a health risk.

They said rats were being attracted by rubbish at the top end of Church Street, Staines, where people walk to and from Two Rivers Shopping Centre.

Ray Blowers, who runs a hairdressers on Church Street, said traders were urging Spelthorne Council to take action.

The council said it would take action against businesses which allowed bins to overflow.

Mr Blowers said: "Every morning there's always six to 10 rats running around these bins.

"Sometimes I see ladies pushing their children on pushchairs through here and there are rats running in front of them."

Keith Dunster, who owns an antique shop on the same street, said he had caught a couple of rats in the back of his shop.

Jonathan Bramley, from the council's environmental health team, said: "There are issues with businesses perhaps having to put their wheelie bins there because there really aren't any other areas."

He added it was businesses' responsibilities to ensure the bins were not overflowing with food and if they failed to do so the council would take action to enforce this.

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