Rats threaten children

Victoria Park in Haywards Heath

Three rats spotted together

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Rats have been running rampant in a children’s play area, sparking outrage among residents.

Concerns were raised after a number of rodent sightings near the Splash Pad in Victoria Park, Haywards Heath and council workers are now monitoring the situation.

A pest control expert who visited has confirmed the presence of rat burrows.

Adrian Price, a rat expert from the Ship’s Cat pest control company, said: “When I arrived the area was strewn with fast food wrappers and other food related litter that the rats are almost certainly feeding on.

“There was evidence that rats had been digging under a litter bin and there were also several, fairly obvious rat burrows between the tree and the hedge at the corner of the play area.

“My concern about the rats would be the very real risk that they could be carrying diseases or parasites that could be passed to humans.”

Mr Price’s main concern is a bacteria known as Weil’s disease which is associated with the urine of infected rats.

The disease is usually transmitted to humans through contaminated water or soil and the infection can lead to mild flu-like symptoms, jaundice or even death.

Councillor Pru Moore, Mid Sussex District Council cabinet member for leisure and sustainability, said that the council conducted an investigation of the park on July 31 but found no evidence of rats nesting.

But more recently things have changed. She said: “I visited the park on Monday morning and discovered some evidence of rats nesting.

“Action has been taken to address this and the situation will be monitored by our pest control officer twice a day.”

The Splash Pad was installed at Victoria Park to replace an ageing paddling pool and sits among regular children’s playground equipment.

Resident Penny Curzon saw four rats when visiting the park with her two grandchildren and sent pictures to the Haywards Heath Uncovered Facebook page, shocked at how the rats came up to where she was sitting.

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6:10am Wed 6 Aug 14

Tr1stan says...

Reading the headline did anyone else picture rats standing in hoodies, wielding knives and stealing lunch money as children wandered by?
Reading the headline did anyone else picture rats standing in hoodies, wielding knives and stealing lunch money as children wandered by? Tr1stan
  • Score: 50

6:27am Wed 6 Aug 14

Sussex jim says...

A zero tolerance on litter would go a long way to eradicating the problem.
A zero tolerance on litter would go a long way to eradicating the problem. Sussex jim
  • Score: 35

6:52am Wed 6 Aug 14

hammerfan says...

Sussex jim wrote:
A zero tolerance on litter would go a long way to eradicating the problem.
Quite right! In addition you have got to stop people feeding wildlife. I appreciate most of those who feed Birds, Foxes etc. mean well.
But most food that is left for birds invariably ends up being eaten by Rats!
It is not wise to feed wildlife as you invariably alter the balance of nature. Hence Foxes and Seagulls causing problems in towns!
[quote][p][bold]Sussex jim[/bold] wrote: A zero tolerance on litter would go a long way to eradicating the problem.[/p][/quote]Quite right! In addition you have got to stop people feeding wildlife. I appreciate most of those who feed Birds, Foxes etc. mean well. But most food that is left for birds invariably ends up being eaten by Rats! It is not wise to feed wildlife as you invariably alter the balance of nature. Hence Foxes and Seagulls causing problems in towns! hammerfan
  • Score: 92

7:35am Wed 6 Aug 14

Baffled of Brighton says...

hammerfan wrote:
Sussex jim wrote:
A zero tolerance on litter would go a long way to eradicating the problem.
Quite right! In addition you have got to stop people feeding wildlife. I appreciate most of those who feed Birds, Foxes etc. mean well.
But most food that is left for birds invariably ends up being eaten by Rats!
It is not wise to feed wildlife as you invariably alter the balance of nature. Hence Foxes and Seagulls causing problems in towns!
And the council need to cut back some of the undergrowth.
There has been a rat problem in the park for years, they always have a reactivate approach, when all that is needed are a few simple steps
[quote][p][bold]hammerfan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sussex jim[/bold] wrote: A zero tolerance on litter would go a long way to eradicating the problem.[/p][/quote]Quite right! In addition you have got to stop people feeding wildlife. I appreciate most of those who feed Birds, Foxes etc. mean well. But most food that is left for birds invariably ends up being eaten by Rats! It is not wise to feed wildlife as you invariably alter the balance of nature. Hence Foxes and Seagulls causing problems in towns![/p][/quote]And the council need to cut back some of the undergrowth. There has been a rat problem in the park for years, they always have a reactivate approach, when all that is needed are a few simple steps Baffled of Brighton
  • Score: 9

10:51am Wed 6 Aug 14

stevensavage says...

perhaps the council could get in touch with asif javaid at the cod plus chip shop in whitehawk.hes ran out of cockroaches and maybe deep fat fried rats could be purchased from his shop.just trying to keep a local business in meat in this current climate
perhaps the council could get in touch with asif javaid at the cod plus chip shop in whitehawk.hes ran out of cockroaches and maybe deep fat fried rats could be purchased from his shop.just trying to keep a local business in meat in this current climate stevensavage
  • Score: 18

12:56pm Wed 6 Aug 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Rats will set up home where ever there is a food source - if the people who go there are not taking their food rubbish home with them, that is the big problem.

Until they do this the problem will remain. Killing the rats won't stop it. People need to realise this and stop littering. I am disgusted at how bad so many people are nowadays - the rubbish they leave is unbelievable. How badly brought up these people are - shame on them.
Rats will set up home where ever there is a food source - if the people who go there are not taking their food rubbish home with them, that is the big problem. Until they do this the problem will remain. Killing the rats won't stop it. People need to realise this and stop littering. I am disgusted at how bad so many people are nowadays - the rubbish they leave is unbelievable. How badly brought up these people are - shame on them. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 7

12:57pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Fairfax Aches says...

The only rats around here that threaten the public are the bin-trawling ,hemp hoodie wearing, dreadlocked hippy loving, tax dodging left wing liberal feckless scroungers that are the GREENS!
The only rats around here that threaten the public are the bin-trawling ,hemp hoodie wearing, dreadlocked hippy loving, tax dodging left wing liberal feckless scroungers that are the GREENS! Fairfax Aches
  • Score: 16

4:53pm Wed 6 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

Tr1stan wrote:
Reading the headline did anyone else picture rats standing in hoodies, wielding knives and stealing lunch money as children wandered by?
Yes that's what I thought...
Rats threatening children .. haha. Was expecting to read about a gang of knife wielding rats wearing baseball caps backwards who were coming up out of the sewers and demanding that kids hand over their dinner money.
[quote][p][bold]Tr1stan[/bold] wrote: Reading the headline did anyone else picture rats standing in hoodies, wielding knives and stealing lunch money as children wandered by?[/p][/quote]Yes that's what I thought... Rats threatening children .. haha. Was expecting to read about a gang of knife wielding rats wearing baseball caps backwards who were coming up out of the sewers and demanding that kids hand over their dinner money. sussexram40
  • Score: 6

4:54pm Wed 6 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

stevensavage wrote:
perhaps the council could get in touch with asif javaid at the cod plus chip shop in whitehawk.hes ran out of cockroaches and maybe deep fat fried rats could be purchased from his shop.just trying to keep a local business in meat in this current climate
Looing at the state of the kitchen floor in the Argus pics, I expect he's already got a plentiful supply of fat rodents to fry.
[quote][p][bold]stevensavage[/bold] wrote: perhaps the council could get in touch with asif javaid at the cod plus chip shop in whitehawk.hes ran out of cockroaches and maybe deep fat fried rats could be purchased from his shop.just trying to keep a local business in meat in this current climate[/p][/quote]Looing at the state of the kitchen floor in the Argus pics, I expect he's already got a plentiful supply of fat rodents to fry. sussexram40
  • Score: 3

5:50pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Nikski says...

Fairfax Aches wrote:
The only rats around here that threaten the public are the bin-trawling ,hemp hoodie wearing, dreadlocked hippy loving, tax dodging left wing liberal feckless scroungers that are the GREENS!
Oh my aching sides....zzzzzz!
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Aches[/bold] wrote: The only rats around here that threaten the public are the bin-trawling ,hemp hoodie wearing, dreadlocked hippy loving, tax dodging left wing liberal feckless scroungers that are the GREENS![/p][/quote]Oh my aching sides....zzzzzz! Nikski
  • Score: -12

6:00pm Wed 6 Aug 14

hubby says...

I notice the ability to comment on the Gipsy rats plaguing Somptings parks was quickly withdrawn.
At least the four legged ones can be eradicated.
I notice the ability to comment on the Gipsy rats plaguing Somptings parks was quickly withdrawn. At least the four legged ones can be eradicated. hubby
  • Score: 14

6:21pm Wed 6 Aug 14

spurious warnings says...

Fairfax Aches wrote:
The only rats around here that threaten the public are the bin-trawling ,hemp hoodie wearing, dreadlocked hippy loving, tax dodging left wing liberal feckless scroungers that are the GREENS!
why don't you say what you really feel?
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Aches[/bold] wrote: The only rats around here that threaten the public are the bin-trawling ,hemp hoodie wearing, dreadlocked hippy loving, tax dodging left wing liberal feckless scroungers that are the GREENS![/p][/quote]why don't you say what you really feel? spurious warnings
  • Score: 3

8:51pm Wed 6 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

But this is true! I was walking there the other day when a group of rats came up to me, said give us yer mobile phone mush, or we'll smash yer 'ead in. And we know where yer family live. I handed my phone over. I have never been so traumatized. I might tell my MP but then what good would that do. The Police weren't involved.
But this is true! I was walking there the other day when a group of rats came up to me, said give us yer mobile phone mush, or we'll smash yer 'ead in. And we know where yer family live. I handed my phone over. I have never been so traumatized. I might tell my MP but then what good would that do. The Police weren't involved. NickBrt
  • Score: 3

9:45pm Wed 6 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

Sussex jim wrote:
A zero tolerance on litter would go a long way to eradicating the problem.
Correct.

Those parents who contribute to the mess and who fail to ensure their offspring don't leave food litter are to blame for this.

'rats threaten children'

We know.
[quote][p][bold]Sussex jim[/bold] wrote: A zero tolerance on litter would go a long way to eradicating the problem.[/p][/quote]Correct. Those parents who contribute to the mess and who fail to ensure their offspring don't leave food litter are to blame for this. 'rats threaten children' We know. stevo!!
  • Score: 1

11:56pm Wed 6 Aug 14

hellohonkytonks says...

hammerfan wrote:
Sussex jim wrote:
A zero tolerance on litter would go a long way to eradicating the problem.
Quite right! In addition you have got to stop people feeding wildlife. I appreciate most of those who feed Birds, Foxes etc. mean well.
But most food that is left for birds invariably ends up being eaten by Rats!
It is not wise to feed wildlife as you invariably alter the balance of nature. Hence Foxes and Seagulls causing problems in towns!
Exactly.Especially those bar steward Seagulls.
[quote][p][bold]hammerfan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sussex jim[/bold] wrote: A zero tolerance on litter would go a long way to eradicating the problem.[/p][/quote]Quite right! In addition you have got to stop people feeding wildlife. I appreciate most of those who feed Birds, Foxes etc. mean well. But most food that is left for birds invariably ends up being eaten by Rats! It is not wise to feed wildlife as you invariably alter the balance of nature. Hence Foxes and Seagulls causing problems in towns![/p][/quote]Exactly.Especially those bar steward Seagulls. hellohonkytonks
  • Score: 75

7:26am Thu 7 Aug 14

cookie_brighton says...

sussexram40 wrote:
stevensavage wrote:
perhaps the council could get in touch with asif javaid at the cod plus chip shop in whitehawk.hes ran out of cockroaches and maybe deep fat fried rats could be purchased from his shop.just trying to keep a local business in meat in this current climate
Looing at the state of the kitchen floor in the Argus pics, I expect he's already got a plentiful supply of fat rodents to fry.
how do you know that asif is not using rats already..........you never know what meat is in your curry. I have noticed that missing cats in Brighton has rissen..............
.....anyone for a meat curry ha ha
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevensavage[/bold] wrote: perhaps the council could get in touch with asif javaid at the cod plus chip shop in whitehawk.hes ran out of cockroaches and maybe deep fat fried rats could be purchased from his shop.just trying to keep a local business in meat in this current climate[/p][/quote]Looing at the state of the kitchen floor in the Argus pics, I expect he's already got a plentiful supply of fat rodents to fry.[/p][/quote]how do you know that asif is not using rats already..........you never know what meat is in your curry. I have noticed that missing cats in Brighton has rissen.............. .....anyone for a meat curry ha ha cookie_brighton
  • Score: -1

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