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Giant rat found in Gravesend NOT beginning of invasion, says pest control worker

PUBLISHED: 17:22 17 April 2014

A giant rodent was found dead next to a river in Gravesend, according to reports

A giant rodent was found dead next to a river in Gravesend, according to reports

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After this giant rodent was found in Gravesend this week, a pest control worker has tried to allay fears the borough faces a rodent invasion.

In recent weeks reports of rat sightings from Liverpool to Cornwall stories have flooded in, with Belfast the latest city to have gone on alert.

A picture tweeted on April 15 of one of the whiskery rodents seemed to confirm that the so-called invasion had arrived in Gravesend.

The picture was sent in by a member of the public during the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2 and shows a rat dead near a muddy river apparently in Gravesend.

However, Sam Devereux, 26, of JG Pest Control, which covers the Gravesend area, has recently played down concerns.

He said: “Although rats are growing in size I have not seen or heard any evidence of a possible invasion.”

“The way we live encourages rat growth with burgers and fast food. This could be the reason for the increased volume and size of rats.”

“I have found a two foot rat and other technicians claim to have found bigger, but an invasion is an exaggeration in my opinion.”

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