RATS have been spotted by shoppers near to shops in Burnley town centre.
The vermin were spotted on three successive Saturdays in an alleyway in Cow Lane, just off St James’s Street.
The alleyway, which is near several takeaways and a hairdressers, is partially fenced off, creating an area in which people have dumped large bags of rubbish.
The shopper, who did not wish to be named, said: “I think it’s disgusting. I have seen these rats on three occasions now and in broad daylight.
“They are clearly attracted by the rubbish dumped here. Something needs to be done as it is a public health hazard and is not going to attract shoppers to the town.”
When a Burnley Express reporter visited the site, near Lodge House car park, a rat was seen scurrying into the back of the row of shops.
The Express contacted Burnley Council which has promised to investigate the situation.
A spokesman said: “The alleyway has been fenced off as the area is unsafe due to rendering coming off the adjoining buildings. Our building control team is getting the situation sorted out and once it’s safe we will get the area cleared.
“In the meantime there’s no excuse to use this area as a dumping ground and anyone found doing so will face prosecution.”
On the matter of the rats entering the building, the spokesman added the council only provides pest control services to domestic properties, not businesses.