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Infestation of rats causes 'awful' smell in Hornchurch Poundland store

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 May 2016

Poundland owned 99p Store in High Street, Hornchurch. Picture: Google Street View

Poundland owned 99p Store in High Street, Hornchurch. Picture: Google Street View

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High street shoppers have been heading for the exit of a Poundland store because of a stench caused by dead rats.

The store in High Street, Hornchurch, first started smelling earlier this month with customers taking to social media to complain.

Poundland has attempted to reassure customers by insisting the problem is now “under control”.

Kamrul Hassan, manager of the shop, said: “We are working on it and we have done a lot of work proofing the walls and floors.

“We are cleaning every day and removing all food from the shelves at night - it is under control.

“The problem will be resolved very soon but it just takes time.”

Poundland shoppers took to Streetlife last week to voice their concerns of rats being the reason for the smell.

David P said: “I have just got back from shopping in Poundland, I saw a large rat run from under one shelving across the aisle and under the other shelving.

“This was approximately 10.30am when the shop was quite busy, I will not be buying any food products in there.”

Marion L said: “I have seen a rat in the shop and the staff seemed unconcerned when informed.”

The High Street shop is a 99p Store but is under Poundland ownership since a £55m takeover last year.

A Havering Council spokeswoman confirmed dead rats killed by poison bait had caused the smell.

She said: “Poundland have been removing all food from displays into sealed boxes at night.

“The council have had an update from the managers and things are looking better.

“They have now reduced stock levels in the warehouse, so that they have more control and can view any rodent activity in the warehouse.

“There are also further meetings in place with Poundland staff to identify and prevent rodent ingress to store.”

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