Mum fears rat invasion may trigger daughter’s epilepsy as rodents overrun street

A mother is terrified that a rat-infested mess could give her daughter an epileptic seizure or pass on diseases to her grandchildren.

Julie Playle, 65, in Hull, says she is “sick of the sight” of her street being strewn with rubbish and debris which rats have made their home.

Ms Playle’s daughter Amanda, 44, who lives a few doors away, has epilepsy and is often in tears when she wakes up and looks out the curtains at the mess.

She is also worried that her grandchildren would come into contact with the waste or encounter the vermin she says scurry up and down the street.

Ms Playle, a retired Mecca Bingo server, said: “It is an eyesore looking out of the window.

“It is getting worse, it is not just the house opposite, it’s a few houses down who have got stuff in the front garden and obviously it’s causing rats and mice to go in peoples houses.

“When I have been stood outside sometimes even during the day, two or three rats have been running up and down.”

Ms Playle said of her daughter Amanda: “She suffers with epilepsy and I am frightened that she will get that upset that she will end up having a seizure.

“Touch wood she hasn’t had one for quite a while where she has had to be hospitalised.”

Since the house is privately owned, Amanda would have to pay to have someone take the rubbish away. But Ms Playle says as a single mother Amanda can’t afford this.

“The house a couple doors a way”, said Ms Playle. “Their garden is just full of plastic bags of rubbish and she has caught quite a few mice in her house.

“I have only caught two in my house luckily.”

Hull City Council said they only deal with rats in gardens if residents have taken steps to make infestation less likely.

A council spokesperson said: “If you report rats in gardens and open spaces, you will be sent an information leaflet with details of action which can be taken to reduce the likelihood of rats on land.”

They said the leaflet includes what to do if rats turn up anyway despite these anti-rat efforts.

Councillor Rosie Nicola, who is in charge of environmental services at the council, said residents are asked to contact the council about fly-tipping but no record of such reports exist for Ms Playle’s street, Adderbury Crescent.

“Fly-tipping blights neighbourhoods”, she added.

“It’s hazardous to people, animals, the environment and is a criminal offence.

“Where we have evidence to do, the council will always take legal action against offenders.”