‘Petrified’ mum is living in ‘rat-infested’ one-bed council flat with two kids

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A young mum says she is living in fear with her two children in their one-bedroom council flat because it's infested with rats.

Siobhan Knight claims she sees the rodents running around her home up to four times a day.

The mum, 21, hears the rats inside her walls and is petrified to go into her kitchen alone when they began chewing through the ceiling.

The flat, based in Brislington, only has one bedroom, so Siobhan sleeps with her two boys, Bailey, two and Riley, six months, writes BristolLive.

The three are crammed into the apartment with a double bed, a single bed and a Moses basket for baby Riley.

Siobhan said: “I just think it's disgusting how we have been left to live here, especially due to the rodent problem and the overcrowding.

"I started hearing them in the walls about a month ago.

"I don’t know how the rats have been getting in but I think it might be through a metal vent in the outside wall.

“This flat is so small we are all crammed into one bedroom with hardly any floor space which is dangerous for me and my children."

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The young mum says the council told her to deal with the issue herself and couldn't come out during lockdown.

She also states she saw droppings in the kitchen around a week ago, and is desperate to find a new property.

Siobhan claims she has bid on approximately 300 two-bedroom properties on the council's waiting list over the past two years.

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She was told a team from pest control would visit the flat on January 6. Bristol City Council has now told Siobhan it will deal with the issue before Christmas, on December 22.

She added: “I am completely distraught and depressed about how I have been treated and I will be taking this further if I do not get a reply from yourself or someone on your behalf.

“My children’s health and wellbeing will come first no matter what.”

The council said on November 5 that it had assessed her as being in Band Two – the second highest priority group – on the waiting list. She was previously in the lower-priority Band Three.

Bristol City Council have been approached for comment.

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