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Angry families kick up stink over rats in rubbish

PUBLISHED: 15:34 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:30 05 October 2010

Denise... trying to deal with rats in rubbish on her doorstep

Denise... trying to deal with rats in rubbish on her doorstep

NEIGHBOURS are kicking up a stink over having to live among rat-ridden rubbish in their block of flats in London's East End. Now they're calling for their landlords to come clean and sort the mess out. Wild rodents are roaming their gardens because the rubbish chute is spilling out

Gemma Collins

NEIGHBOURS are kicking up a stink over having to live among rat-ridden rubbish in their block of flats in London's East End.

Now they're calling for their landlords to come clean and sort the mess out.

Rubbish is piling up every day outside their doors and wild rodents are roaming their gardens because the rubbish chute is spilling out.

The bin at the bottom of the chute at Hooke House is proving too small, so the garbage piles up outside the building in Gernon-road in Bow.

The binmen who call twice a week are also being put-off by the mess strewn across the area and are now failing to clear it up, say tenants.

Now the furious families are demanding their new landlords, Old Ford Housing, do more to fix the problem.

Grandmother Denise Fullman, 50, who lives in a ground-floor flat beside the chute, is too scared to open her front door because of the rats roaming around.

She told the landlords about the problem weeks ago and even cancelled a visit from her two grandchildren because she was worried they would get ill from the stinking waste.

"The chute should be emptied every day," she insists.

"The smell is overpowering and it's just disgusting.

"I'm frightened by these rats and feel like a prisoner in my own home."

She added: "I am going through so many bottles of bleach to clean up the mess. But it is not my rubbish."

Old Ford Housing, which took over the block from the local authority two years ago, says it is waiting for a bigger bin for the chute. Meanwhile, extra bins have been brought in.

It has also asked Tower Hamlets council for three refuse collections a week and have promised the families they're treating it as a top priority.

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