Call to tidy Snettisham garden after dead rat found in loft

Joe Long are calling for solicitors to take action on derelict house next door due to rat fears ANL-160805-095850009
Joe Long are calling for solicitors to take action on derelict house next door due to rat fears ANL-160805-095850009

A Snettisham man is calling for the neighbouring empty cottage to be tidied up after discovering a dead rat in his home.

Joe Long says a dead rat had to be removed from the loft of his Station Road home last week.

He said the next door cottage has been empty for three years and that the garden “could hide a herd of elephants.”

Last summer, Mr Long said he saw rats attempting to come into his garden from next door.

He said he has approached the solicitors controlling the property but nothing has been done.

Mr Long said: “Last summer, I would see two to three rats a day.

“I would see them coming under the fence and then disappear. I am very concerned that if they don’t get the house and garden tidied up, we are going to have a problem for a long while.

“You could hide a herd of elephants in that garden.

“There is a garage with car still in it and it is covered a foot of ivy.

“All you can see is a mass of ivy and trees which are growing everywhere.

“The drains get blocked now and again because of it.”

Mr Long and his wife Janet had to call out a pest control firm last week after returning to find a horrid smell in their cottage.

Mr Long said a dead rat had been found in the loft above their bathroom.

He said: “The man said it had been there for sometime as it had been pulling the insulation to pieces and there were droppings.

“My concern is that if one has already found a way into my loft are more going to find a way in?”

Mr Long said he has been in contact with Ward Gethin Solicitors over the problems.

The Lynn News approached the firm for a comment but they declined on grounds of data protection.