Rats looking in windows

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Creggan SDLP councillor Jim Clifford has called on Derry City Council to take action against rats in the Kildrum Gardens area of the estate.

Colr. Clifford said residents have reported a number of sightings of rats outside their homes in recent weeks.

The residents believe the rats may be coming from the nearby City Cemetery.

“I have been contacted by a number of people living in Kildrum Gardens and they are very worried about rats. They have been seen running around outside the houses and one family actually saw four rats in their backyard and they said they were as big as wee dogs.

“It’s got so bad that the rats are looking in the windows at the people and the residents have just had enough,” he said.

Colr. Clifford said he has reported the problem to the Council’s environmental health department. “Derry City Council used to have a rat catcher but it doesn’t anymore. I have been in contact with the environmental health team and have been assured that someone will come and take a look at the situation as soon as possible.

“The people of Creggan do not need this in this day and age. No one wants to think that rats are running around outside, or even inside their homes. I will be making every effort to ensure this problem is tackled and that the nest, wherever it is, can be destroyed, so that these people can have some peace,” he said.