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A plague on all our houses

There is a rat for every person in the British Isles. Our way of life has invited them in

By Vanora Bennett   October 2003

It took Tina Clark a while to believe she had rats. When she first found packets of biscuits torn open in the kitchen cupboard, she assumed her ten-year-old daughter, Amie, had been snacking. But the container of cat food under the sink was also ripped open. She got a lid for it, but it was attacked again; there were teethmarks on the lid.

She threw away the food in the cupboards, and found two big holes in the chipboard at the back. There was another hole a foot wide, falling away into darkness, behind a panel in the corridor outside.…

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