The part of the city most affected by rats has been revealed in new data.

Brighton and Hove City Council figures, released in a Freedom of Information request (FOI) submitted by The Argus, show there were more reports of the rodents in Rottingdean and West Saltdean than anywhere else in the city in the past three years.

Council pest control staff have been called out to addresses in the ward 60 times since April 1, 2021. This, of course, does not include calls to private pest controllers.

The data also showed that there were 58 council callouts to Hollingdean and Fiveways in the same period.

Westdene and Hove Park ward had the third highest number of callouts at 54.

The highest volume for one year was in Rottingdean and West Saltdean. In the year to April 2022, there were 30 calls from addresses in the area.

It also showed how much the council had spent on controlling rats in the city in the past three years.

From April 2021 to October 2023, Brighton and Hove City Council spent nearly £60,000 on sending its pest control team to tackle rat problems.