Tenant flees house after spotting “big fat rat”

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A tenant who “battled three rats with a potato masher” before fleeing her rodent-invested home has accused her housing association of neglect.

Teresa Barratt has lived at her Eastlight Community Homes property, in Jennings Close, Colchester, for just over a year.

Last month, however, she was given the shock of her life when she walked into her kitchen to make a coffee, only to be confronted with a gang of scurrying rats.

After trying to defend herself against the long-tailed vermin she rushed upstairs and packed a bag of clothes before sprinting out of the home before 7.30am.

Teresa, who suffers from depression, said: “I whacked one with a potato masher and it went flying – it was a big fat one and it was running towards me.

“I was in a state of terror and I could not go to work because I was in such a mess. In my entire life I have never known anything like this – I am traumatised.”

After reporting the issue, Eastlight Community Homes arranged for a pest control team to visit the home and quell the infestation.

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