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Rat infestation in Romford flats makes residents feel ‘horrible and dirty’

PUBLISHED: 16:24 13 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:24 13 March 2015

Oldchurch Gardens, Romford

Oldchurch Gardens, Romford

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A rat infestation which has plagued a block of flats for up to four years is pushing horrified residents to seek accommodation elsewhere.

Andriea Evans from Oldchurch Gardens, Romford, who has had a rat problem in her flat since moving in four years agoAndriea Evans from Oldchurch Gardens, Romford, who has had a rat problem in her flat since moving in four years ago

Tenants living in Oldchurch Gardens, Romford, have become desperate after numerous visits from pest control failed to solve the problem.

The block of 12 flats is split between council and private tenants.

Andriea Evans, 42, a council tenant for four years, said the situation makes her feel “dirty”.

Just two weeks ago, she saw a rat tearing into a loaf of bread in her kitchen before running behind her fridge freezer.

A hole in Andriea's flat caused by the rats before it was filled by pest control. Picture: Joshua N HugginsA hole in Andriea's flat caused by the rats before it was filled by pest control. Picture: Joshua N Huggins

Ms Evans said: “It just makes me feel horrible and dirty.

“It is frustrating that they can’t sort the problem and it makes me very anxious.”

The tenant saw four rats in her home soon after moving in and still hears the animals constantly in the night.

She said: “I hear loud scratching. I have lost count of the number of times pest control have come round.

“They just put poison outside and fill in the holes the rats have made, but they get through them again.

“I don’t want to move – I like living here and just want it sorted. But I feel that eventually I won’t have a choice.”

A neighbour of Ms Evans, who did not want to be named, said she trapped more than 10 of the pests after moving in four years ago.

The 27-year-old is worried about the impact on her three-year-old child.

She said: “It is a huge problem.

“I think we have one in the wall, because I can hear it scratching.

“I want to move as soon as possible for my child. The rats could spread infections.”

Cllr Damian White, cabinet member for housing and deputy leader of Havering Council, said: “We know that there is an ongoing problem here and appreciate how upsetting this must be for residents.

“We have now brought in specialist contractors to address this problem once and for all.”


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