Horrified residents say they are being terrorised by gigantic rats after a "nine-foot" pile of rubbish blocked a pathway near their block of flats.
Neighbours in Harrow said they have been left to fear for their safety after a tower of bin bags stopped them from being able to reach their fire exit stairwell.
They say the colossal pile has stopped them from putting their rubbish in the bin after rats started to "leap out" of the trash located on private land behind a parade of shops.
A series of pictures and videos have revealed the shocking state of the pathway, situated on Parnell Way, Stanmore, northwest London, which shows rodents lying dead on the floor among multiple bags of litter, reports My London.
Resident Martin Arcsty, 34, said: “You can never use these bins. They always stink and if you try to open them a rat will get you.
"The bins are used by all the shops around here, people just come and fly-tip their rubbish.
“It sounds strange but they’re literally stealing our bin space. We then have to put bin bags on the floor and rats, honestly the size of cats, just take over.”
The issue was brought up in a local community group and there were over a dozen people who vented their fury about the state of Parnell Way’s bin situation.
Mark Brooker said to the local community group: “Those bad ones [bins] have been untouchable for years and in some ways, I don't blame the residents for their reluctance to go down there and lift the lid. At one point they were nine-foot high with bin bags.
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“[Rats leap out.. ] so they just chuck their waste in the general direction from the walkway. No cameras. No comeback. I've watched this happen.”
It has been reported that a fire assessment was carried out in July and deemed the property as safe.
Pest control has also previously been called to manage the situation but residents say neither of these have helped the situation.
Harrow Council told MyLondon that the land is owned by one person who allows other people to place their bins on the pathway.
A spokesperson said: "The bins are not secured and it appears that there is an issue with fly-tipping in the area, unfortunately, some of this is being caused by the residents.
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"However, as the bins are not secure, they may be being utilised by persons other than the residents.
“Enforcement action has been taken in relation to fly-tipping and the fines paid have been used to pay for a clean of the area just last month.
“We are exploring options in relation to creating a secure bin store in the area, on council land, which should help resolve the issue as the bins will be secured and only available to access by local residents.
"We will then be able to confirm if the size of the bins is adequate for the number of residents utilising them.”
Daily Star has contacted Harrow Council for comment.
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