Bradford residents 'furious' at rat claims
Residents at an estate in Bradford are angry with a story by The Sun newspaper saying giant rats are living on their estate, says their landlord.
The tabloid paper printed a story on its front page yesterday that rodents up to two-and-a-half-foot long had been seen on the Ravenscliffe estate in the city.
But Bradford Council and 21,000-home Incommunities – which, with 420 homes, owns about 50 per cent of the properties on the estate – both said they had not had reports of these rats from residents.
A spokesperson for Incommunities also explained residents were ‘furious’ at The Sun’s claims.
An Incommunities spokesperson said: ‘We have not received any recent reports from tenants on the estate of rats nor are we aware of problems of rodent infestation in the neighbourhood.
‘As a caring and responsible landlord we liaise closely with the council’s environmental teams into any reports made by our customers.’
Dennis Shipway, Bradford Council’s pest control manager, said: ‘We have not received any reports of larger than normal rats or any increased rat activity in Ravenscliffe.
‘We visited the area yesterday and found no evidence of large rats.’
In a local newspaper report ward councillor Geoff Reid was quoted as calling for The Sun to substantiate the story or offer an apology. Fellow ward councillor Carol Beardmore, who lives on the state, told the paper: ‘I am not aware of an infestation of giant rats’.
Incommunities has spent £5million on refurbishing homes on the Ravenscliffe estate and is investing £4.2million on building new affordable homes there.
The Sun newspaper was unavailable for comment.