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‘Rodents and fleas making life misery’ for Upton Park family

PUBLISHED: 12:30 23 November 2011

Mice and flea infested flat in Upton Park,

four-week-old Stephen and mum Tracy Biddle

Mice and flea infested flat in Upton Park, four-week-old Stephen and mum Tracy Biddle

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A mother claims her children are being “bitten alive” by fleas attracted by a mice infestation at her house in Upton Park.

A mother-of-four claims her children are being “bitten alive” by fleas attracted by a mice infestation at her house in Upton Park.

Tracey Biddle said her pleas to Notting Hill Housing Association and Newham Council to resolve the situation have fallen on deaf ears.

The 31-year-old said families of mice and rats have made themselves at home by nestling in cracks at the rented accommodation in Elizabeth Road.

She shares her home with partner Stephen Yearsley, and three daughters Chelsea, 12, Kiki, two, Portia, 16-months, and her son, Stephen, who was born a little more than four weeks ago.

She said: “We have been overrun with mice for two-and-a-half years, I’ve been on to the housing association and on to environmental health at the council and they just aren’t interested.

“It’s just absolutely disgusting. I’ve asked them what more proof do they want for us to get something done? They have got to get it sorted.”

A spokesman for the Notting Hill Housing Association said: “Notting Hill takes all reports of vermin at our properties seriously and always responds with appropriate action to rectify the situation and ensure the wellbeing of our residents.

“Although we can’t comment on individual cases, our standard procedure for a self-contained property with no communal areas and no tenant issues, such as cleaning, is to raise an order for ourselves or the local authority to treat the property and carry out proofing works.”


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