Rats spotted near children’s playpark

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Rats have been seen yards away from a kid’s playpark in Linlithgow as rubbish mounts in bins nearby.

Linlithgow Loch has been slammed as “atrocious” after one visitor spotted the hairy rodents snacking last Sunday.

Julia McCormack had just parked her car at St Ninian’s car park when she saw her first rat.

She said: “No sooner had we arrived, than we saw this ugly little rat rummaging around the rubbish mess. It was so tame-as soon as it saw us coming it just waltzed under the bushes.”

Julia, of St John’s Way, Bo’ness, was even more concerned as the children’s playpark is only yards away.

She added: “Children were playing very close by to where we were and if they had seen what we had saw there would have been hysteria. I walk here regularly with my dogs and grandchildren but I won’t be taking them back anytime soon-it is disgusting.”

Julia then walked around the Loch and as she turned back towards the Palace on the path from the east end, she couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw another rat.

She said: “The other side of the Loch was no better as you could see the bins were overflowing, it really is atrocious. It’s not acceptable and I hope something will be done about this.”

Bins at St Ninian’s Way car park are managed by West Lothian Council, who said they would monitor the area. Anyone who sees rats should contact the council’s Pest Control team on 01506 282501.