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Update on the rat feeder in our area – changes in the reporting procedure

Update on the rat feeder in our area – changes in the reporting procedure

As some of you will know, a local resident has been feeding considerable amounts of food to rats and other vermin for some time. This has caused a great deal of nuisance in the neighbourhood as well as posing a potential danger to health. Following community pressures, including a lot of work by the Highfield Residents Association (HRA) and particularly their Environmental Liaison Officer, he has now been issued with a CPN. This is a Community Protection Notice (an ASBO) under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. See more details here: – http://asbhelp.co.uk/community-protection-notices/asbhelp.co.uk.

The CPN states that he must not deposit any food or food waste in any public place. If he does, he is committing a criminal offence and is subject to a level 4 fine (£2,500)

As well as feeding rats, putting down food for them is also a criminal offence; in this case it is mainly grain. As it is a criminal offence, video footage or photo evidence are now no longer required. However, pictures and videos do help, but police statements will now suffice.

If you do see this local resident feeding rats, or see him putting down grain or indeed ANY food, please report this to 101. A reference number will be given. If you are unable to get through to 101, you can email Steven.Hayes-Arter@southampton.gov.uk at Southampton City Council, who is currently building a case for court, and he will forward the evidence to the community safety team who will lead on any prosecution. However, emailing him will not hit the police radar so please do try to contact 101 as well.

Thank you very much for your help. Further updates will continue to be posted on the HRA website: http://www.highfieldresidents.org.uk.