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Redbridge Council received 9,859 individual rat complaints since 2012

PUBLISHED: 07:43 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 07:43 01 December 2017

Rats nibble on discarded food. Picture: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Images

Rats nibble on discarded food. Picture: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Images

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Redbridge Council has received in the region of 10,000 individual complaints about rats since 2012 according to a London Assembly report.

This data, which averages out at 37 complaints a week, means the borough has the sixth highest number of rat-related complaints in London.

While the council was inundated with 9859 complaints in the last five years, neighbouring borough Havering only received 33, making it the least affected borough in the data set.

London-wide Assembly Member, Susan Hall, began researching the extent of London’s rodent problem after a video of scavenging rats in Harrow went viral earlier this year.

Her report, Rat Land, found the number of complaints received by local authorities is on the rise and had increased by 10per cent on the year before.

She wants to raise awareness about the issue and wants the Mayor of London to lead local authorities in cleaning up the streets where rats breed.

“The figures in my rats report suggest London’s crawling – and the problem is getting worse,” she said.

“Not only do they present a public health issue, they risk damaging the reputation of individual boroughs and harming the global view of London as a clean and attractive city.

“If we want to avoid our city being overrun by rats like Paris and Harrow, we need a co-ordinated approach to tackle this problem, led by the Mayor.

“The recommendations in this report will go some way to cleaning up London’s streets and ratting out our city’s nuisance rodents.”

The borough with the highest number of complaints was Tower Hamlets with a whopping 30,000 complaints since 2012.

In second place was Brent with 19,978, followed by camden with 13,558.

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