Woman too scared to leave home claims rats in vermin-infested town are attention seekers

A woman who lives in a seaside town said she is worried about leaving her house due to the large amount of rats she keeps spotting scurrying around.

Kristine Blagojevic has lived in Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, for just under two years after moving to the area from London, and claimed she’s seen more rats than she ever did in the capital.

She said it’s shocking to see this many vermin in one place and claimed the Cleethorpes rats are “attention seekers”.

Kristine told Grimbsy Live : “I’ve seen more than I care to mention.

“They’re especially prolific in certain beer gardens and near the boating lake, so much so, I avoid that area like the plague. Occasionally, I have spotted some along the front too.”

She added: “I’m shocked at the amount I have seen, leaving me constantly on edge when out with the dog, I can understand sightings at country park but not in busy areas during the day.

“I can only recall seeing a handful in 20 years of living in London, I’m not stupid I know they are there, but I think Cleethorpes rats are attention seekers.”

Asked about what she suggests we could do to combat the issue, Kristine said: “In public areas, the council should definitely address the issue, local businesses should also be proactive in controlling them.

“As for the public, that’s general common sense of managing food waste whether that’s at home or out and about.”

This isn’t the first time Cleethorpes had issues with rats.

Last year people complained about the rodents appearing in the Pier Gardens, where the animals were seen brazenly coming out to steal food.

North East Lincolnshire Council suggested locals should file a ‘vermin report’ on its website if they see any rats on public land or in someone else’s property.