‘Rats as big as Cats’ found in Moore Street area of Waterside

Waterside woman, Margaruite Sharkey, returned home to find this dead rat lying on the floor of her kitchen this week.
Waterside woman, Margaruite Sharkey, returned home to find this dead rat lying on the floor of her kitchen this week.
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A Waterside woman, who claimed to have spotted “rats as big as cats ” in her home, said she is at her “wit’s end.”

Margaruite Sharkey contacted the ‘Journal’ when she came across a dead rat in the kitchen of her Moore Street home earlier this week.

“I feel like no-one is listening to me - there are rats as big as cats here and someone should be doing something about it,” said Ms. Sharkey.

“I’ve spent the last three and a half weeks looking after my parents who are not well. They live in Shantallow. But when I came back to my own home earlier this week I saw massive dead rat in my kitchen - no one should have to live like this,” she insisted.

Ms. Sharkey is currently unemployed and in receipt of unemployment related benefits.

She said she cannot afford to tackle the rat problemwhich is in and near her home.

“There’s a lot of rubbish in and around the Moore Street area which is attracting the rats but it’s the residents who have to live with this problem.

“I am on the ‘bru’ and I don’t have the money to pay someone to come and take care of this problem.

“I had the same problem about five years ago and I paid over £100 to put down poison down. It took care of the problem for a while but money is tight and I can’t afford to pay £100 again,” added Ms. Sharkey.

She said her next door neighbours are also experiencing the same problem.

“I don’t know what it is going to take for someone to start listening to us and take us seriously.

“My neighbours have the exact same problem but I feel like I am at my wit’s end. I have tried contacting a few different agencies but no one seems to want to help. I contacted the ‘Journal’ because I felt it was the last straw.

“Surely someone out there can help me - I am terrified in the house now but it’s my home. It’s a disgrace that I am being forced to live like this.”

The ‘Journal’ contacted Derry City and Strabane District Council but a response was not forthcoming at the time of going to Press.