Rat infestation shocks South Woodford shopper

PUBLISHED: 10:30 22 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:30 22 October 2018

Rats have been running amok between M&S and Boots in George Lane South Woodford

Rats have been running amok between M&S and Boots in George Lane South Woodford


An unsuspecting shopper was horrified to encounter about 10 rats scurrying feverishly in a flower bed between two high street giants in South Woodford.

Mother-of-two Martha Pinilla, 36, saw the rodents during her shopping trip along George Lane on Wednesday, October 16 at around 4.15pm.

“It was disgusting,” she said.

“Especially as I had my two children with me.”

Martha, who captured four of the critters on camera, estimates she saw about10 rats in the raised flower beds between Marks and Spencer and Boots.

Asked how her children reacted, she said: “Well, one is a baby and the other, who is two years old, thought they were squirrels.”

She added that she now feels deterred from taking her children to the shops in George Lane until the situation is resolved.

A Redbridge Council spokeswoman said the authority is investigating and it turns out the rat infestation had started on land owned by Sainsbury’s.

She added: “We will be working with them to solve the rat problem in the area.

“We remind local residents, businesses and landlords to dispose of their rubbish correctly to discourage rodents and to report rat infestation to us by calling 020 8554 5000.

“We’re doing our bit to keep Redbridge clean but irresponsible dumping of rubbish and littering by those who live, work and visit the borough only contributes to issues like this.”

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said it has introduced special preventative measures and is closely monitoring the situation.

Marks and Spencer and Boots did not respond to the Recorder’s request for comment.

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