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Belfast family flee house after catching 19 rats in a day

By David Young, PA

Published 29/09/2016

A general view of Rutland Street in Belfast, where a family have been forced to move out of their home
A general view of Rutland Street in Belfast, where a family have been forced to move out of their home

A family have been forced to move out of their home after catching 19 rats in 24 hours.

Michael and Paula McCann and their two young children returned from a holiday to find their terraced house infested by rodents.

Wires of electrical appliances had been eaten through and faeces littered the floors of the property in Rutland Street, off Belfast's Ormeau Road.

The couple believe the rats were able to overrun the house because they had put their cat, Lady, in a cattery while they were on holiday.

The family are now staying with friends until the Housing Executive, which owns the property, finds alternative accommodation.

"I caught eight rats in the first 12 hours of having the traps down, then another four, and over 24 hours I'd caught a total of 19," Mr McCann said.

"They were big, grey rats. The look of them was disgusting and to think they were in our home near our children was awful."

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