Residents shocked after rat 'the size of cat' spotted on North East street

Residents were left shocked after a rat ‘the size of a cat’ was spotted on Westbury Street in Thornaby Credit: LEE FLEMING <i>(Image: Lee Fleming)</i>
Residents were left shocked after a rat ‘the size of a cat’ was spotted on Westbury Street in Thornaby Credit: LEE FLEMING (Image: Lee Fleming)

Residents were left shocked after a rat ‘the size of a cat’ was spotted on a North East street.

Thornaby residents were gobsmacked after images of a large rat on Westbury Street were circulated online on May 11.

The resident who snapped the picture warned those on the street to watch out for the rodent – and pointed out the breezeblock below the critter measured in at 9 inches.

Stockton Borough Council have confirmed they have been made aware of reports of rats in the area.

The Northern Echo: Residents were left shocked after a rat ‘the size of a cat’ was spotted on Westbury Street in
The Northern Echo: Residents were left shocked after a rat ‘the size of a cat’ was spotted on Westbury Street in
The Northern Echo: Residents were left shocked after a rat ‘the size of a cat’ was spotted on Westbury Street in
The Northern Echo: Residents were left shocked after a rat ‘the size of a cat’ was spotted on Westbury Street in

They added their environmental health team is taking appropriate action to tackle the issue.

A spokesperson for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council said: “We have been made aware of reports of rats in this area and our Environmental Health team is taking the appropriate action.

“Residents can request a free pest control treatment if required by visiting here.”

Some residents reacted to the images online with disgust, while others saw the humorous side of the situation.

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One resident said: “Beats the one I’ve seen, oh my god, looks [the] size of a cat.”

Another resident said: “I’d say you all should get some cats, but the size of that, you’d need a leopard.”

Another conflicted resident said: “I know it’s disgusting but I really want to cuddle it.”