Clitheroe rat alert: bus station shock sighting

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Rat

THEY claim that in London you’re never more than 20 yards from a rat, and they seem to be getting too close for comfort in Clitheroe too!

A visitor to the town was waiting for her bus home at 3-30 p.m. last week when she was startled by something scuttling under her bench at Clitheroe bus station.

“At first I thought it might be a mouse, but when I looked I saw it was a very big rat,” said the woman in her 40s, who contacted The Clitheroe Advertiser.

“It seemed to come out of the waste bin next to the wall, or from behind it, and was running round and round the bus station, underneath the benches, as bold as brass.

“I’ve lived on a farm, but I was still a bit alarmed, and the elderly lady sitting on the bench next to me didn’t like it one bit!”

The visitor added that although the rat seemed to come from near the waste bin, there wasn’t much litter around. The bus station also backs onto the railway embankment – a known habitat for rats as they are easy to burrow into.

If you know of a rat problem in Clitheroe, contact Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 414464 or e-mail: environmental.health@ribblevalley.gov.uk