HORRIFIED locals have blasted an Indian restaurant after a rat was spotted licking the window.
The rodent was seen by a number of passers-by at Bay Spice Indian and Bangladesh takeaway on Neath Road, Briton Ferry in South Wales.
The restaurant has been closed for around two years, according to
locals, and Neath Port Talbot Council awarded it a four star hygiene
rating when it was last inspected in 2017.
A local resident, who did not wish to be named, witnessed the rat on Saturday evening.
The local explained how disgusted she was and that there was a big rat problem in the area.
"Due to heavy condensation on the shopfront windows, nothing much could be seen apart from a little rat licking the window," the 26-year-old said.
"Fair to say, I was shocked and a little disgusted but Briton Ferry is
known for having a lot of rats.
Britain’s 20 most rat-infested areas
According to the British Pest Control Association (BOCA) below were the most rat-infested cities in the UK in 2017:
- Bridgend: 2,849 call-outs, 20.47 per 1,000 people.
- Neath & Port Talbot: 2,797 call-outs, 20.01 per 1,000 people
- Sunderland: 5,304 call-outs, 19.28 per 1,000 people
- Liverpool: 8,408 call-outs, 18.03 per 1,000 people
- Caerphilly: 2,939 call-outs, 16.44 per 1,000 people
- Swansea: 3,121 call-outs, 13.06 per 1,000 people
- Pendle: 1,092 call-outs, 12.21 per 1,000 people
- North Warwickshire: 690 call-outs, 11.13 per 1,000 people
- Halton: 1,389 call-outs, 11.05 per 1,000 people
- Birmingham: 11,822 call-outs, 10.89 per 1,000 people
- Torfaen: 985 call-outs, 10.82 per 1,000 people
- Stoke-on-Trent: 2,581 call-outs, 10.37 per 1,000 people
- Bolton: 2,853 call-outs, 10.31 per 1,000 people
- Havant: 1,232 call-outs, 10.21 per 1,000 people
- Bolsover: 761 call-outs, 10.03 per 1,000 people
- Sandwell: 2,991 call-outs, 9.71 per 1,000 people
- St Helens: 1,718 call-outs, 9.67 per 1,000 people
- Burnley: 831 call-outs, 9.55 per 1,000 people
- Staffordshire Moorlands: 900 call-outs, 9.27 per 1,000 people
- Salford: 2,019 call-outs, 8.63 per 1,000 people
*The BPCA based the figures on the councils that had the most call-outs per population size during the period 2015/16.
"My main concern was if the premises were trading or not.
"I asked a neighbouring shop for information as to see if Bay Spice were
still trading to which they informed me they were no longer trading
and hadn’t for two years, so I just posted the photos online as a bit
of a laugh."
In 2017, The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) ranked Neath Port
Talbot as the second-highest rat-infested place in the UK followed
closely by Swansea.
Rats could regularly be seen running around Port Talbot town centre in
the daytime near the riverside.
In April 2019, pest control charges in Neath Port Talbot increased
from £40 to £120 when dealing with rodents, cockroaches and bedbugs.
It saw the number of call-outs drop dramatically which in turn saw a rise in the number of rodents spotted in the area.
From April to September 2019, there were 348 service requests compared
to 704 requests for the same period the previous year.
Neath Port Talbot Council has been contacted for comment.
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