A distraught woman says her childhood home in Grimsby has been overrun by rats due to her inconsiderate neighbours littering and flytipping in an alleyway.
Her grievances stem from the fact that the alleyway behind her house on Corporation Road, is full of old furniture, used animal cages, food waste and glass bottles.
And most shockingly of all, the anonymous woman thinks the fly-tipped food has been there so long its become a feeding ground for the rats who go into nearby properties, including her elderly mother's.
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She said: "I grew up in this house and when I was a kid we would play up and down the alleyway and it was completely clear.
"If there was so much as a sweet wrapper on the floor you would be told off for it. I never imagined we'd ever have this kind of problem. I wouldn't even let a dog play out in the alley, never mind a child."
She added: "It's so sad to see, especially because my family have been in this house for 60 years now. There is food waste and all sorts down there, it's getting so bad that we've even had rats start to come in our garden.
"No one seems to take pride down here anymore. We all used to look after it and my mum would even come and sweep it up herself a few years ago. Since then though, it seems to have got worse."
Aside from the issues with rats, she worries about if there was ever a need to access the properties from the back reports the Manchester Evening News.
She explained: "If there was a fire in the front of the property and emergency services needed to get in through the back they would have no chance.
"It's frustrating as well as upsetting though. I don't want my mother to live like this and I don't think anyone else would want to either. There's been all sorts of things down here in the past like animal cages, sofas and even construction rubble. The smell is horrible too, the whole thing is just a mess now to be honest."
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Speaking about examples of fly-tipping such as this, Cllr Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for Safer and Stronger Communities for North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Alleyways are private property and the Council is not responsible for clearing them. They belong to the houses that back onto them and they are responsible for their upkeep.
“We sympathise with households who live next to alleyways that are blighted by fly-tipping.
“Fly-tipping is illegal. It could be avoided if people disposed of their waste correctly. We need strong evidence that will stand up in court to investigate fly-tipping offences. If someone saw rubbish being dumped in the alley or has CCTV footage and are prepared to give us a witness statement of this, then we will investigate."
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