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A woman says she was attacked by over 100 rats during an evening stroll in a London park.
Susan Treftub was walking through Blondin Park in Northfields, Ealing, on Monday (19 July) when she says she was set upon by an army of rodents that chewed at her arm and legs.
Speaking about the vicious attack, the mum says it was utterly terrifying.
The 43-year-old said: "I have never seen that many animals let alone rats. It was disgusting.
"I can't be sure but I thought there were easily over 100. I felt like I was going to be sick.
"They were crawling on my legs and I had to kick them off. It was just getting dark so it was hard to see where they were coming from.
"I think it is a disgrace. They were nibbling on my feet and trying to run up my body. It needs to be sorted out."
Susan claims she was left with a number of bite marks and bruising to her legs and arm as a result of the terrifying ordeal.
Luckily, she says, none of the injuries were very serious.
But she is now urging people to take care when venturing into the park.
"I would actually be worried if I had a child and could easily see someone becoming overwhelmed by it all," said Susan.
"If it was a child there were so many that they actually could have caused some damage.
The alleged rat attack, Susan claims, made her feel desperately 'helpless'.
She said: "Who do I call or notify? I can hardly call the police and tell them but it's dangerous and pest control needs to go out there and sort it out.
"I have never experienced or heard of anyone having this problem. I felt for a while afterwards that I was in a prank show or something. It just seems so ridiculous.
"I'm not scared to go back to the park but a bit tense is the way I would describe it."
Responding to the claims, a spokesperson for Ealing Council said: "Encounters with rats and other potential pest species are clearly unpleasant for anyone involved.
"We can all help reduce the chances of encountering rats in local parks by taking home all litter and keeping our green spaces clear of rubbish and food.
"In the warmer months, the council increases its bin collections in the borough's parks to tackle increased levels of rubbish.
"It is also important not to feed animals such as pigeons, ducks and squirrels, as this food left out can also attract rats in search of an easy meal."
The council also asked anyone with concerns to email them at [email protected]
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