Unwanted Visitors Could Spread Disease:
RATS LEAVE LENTON RESIDENTS 'SCARED' TO WALK AROUND AT NIGHT  
 

On Thursday 27 May 2021, Nottingham Post Community Reporter, Olimpia Zagnat, reported that residents in Lenton had noticed an increase in the number of rats (the size of 'skinny pigs') in the area and had been left traumatised and scared to walk around at night.

Lenton residents traumatised as 'huge' rats invade their gardens

'They are the size of skinny pigs'

Lenton residents said they are 'scared' to walk around at night due to a large number of rats in the area.

Many have noticed a considerable increase in the past year, spotting around five a day 'jumping on bins' and 'scurrying' in their backyards in search for food.

Residents living in the 'infested' area say the 'dirty' rodents are more present at evening time and where the bins are overloaded.

A second year student living on Kimbolton Avenue remembers the "traumatising" moment when she stepped on what she described as a "big dead rat" just a few days ago.

Isabelle Barnes, studying Architecture at University of Nottingham, said: "They are really big, they are the size of skinny pigs.

"We are traumatised since I walked on that rat.

"We have an automatic light in the backyard and it lights up every time a rat walks around - which is very often."

Her friend and housemate Hanna Bowen, in her second year studying History and Politics at the same university, 19 said: "We are absolutely terrified and scared.

"We are lucky they never came into our house - but it is still bad enough."

Residents are also concerned that the unwanted visitors could spread diseases.

Art decorator Gerald Marriot, 47, has been living in Lenton for years and said he has never seen so many rats in the area before.

He added: "I am very scared because they are also carrying diseases.

"I can always spot them in the garden and ground level.

"Something needs to be done about it."

Others have raised concerns rats invaded people's gardens.

Third year Politics student Ethan Duke, 21, has been a resident in Lenton for two years and added: "They live in the backyard.

"It is entertaining when cats and birds catch them.

"They are huge and I definitely noticed a lot more in the last year."

Three residents of Kimbolton avenue said their street became a hot spot for huge rodents in the past few months.

Third year Politics student George Galpan, 21, said: "It is crazy how many of them are around here.

"When the bins are overloaded you can easily see five inside or just next to them looking for food."

One of his housemates James Short, 21, added: "I think it gives Lenton a bit of character.

"At least they do not come into our house."

Will Alderton, 21, resident at the same address, added: "I can hear them 'talking to each other' late at night.

"There is a lot of them and they are everywhere."

It comes after Syed Gillani, an Uber driver who lives in Lenton, said residents can spot a different rat up to 10 times every day "scurrying across the road".

He told Nottinghamshire Live the rodents, which are regularly seen in Kyte Street and Park Street, are big enough that they are scaring children as they walk to school.

Councillor Pavlos Kotsonis, who represents Lenton and Wollaton East, told Nottinghamshire Live: "It is an issue that is mainly related to the bins.

"It is a serious concern. The biggest problem we have is Government cuts to have officers on the ground to help these things.

"Our teams are under pressure. Lots of stuff is happening but we need more money for resources.

"It is not just Syed, there are a number of residents concerned about rats. One of the main issues is the bins and we are doing all we can to address the issue.

"New students come every year so it is hard work to explain every year when it is bin day."

Lenton residents traumatised as 'huge' rats invade their gardens - Nottinghamshire Live