Wildlife and pet fears over rat poison on footpath

A public walkway near Wilford Grove, Skegness.
A public walkway near Wilford Grove, Skegness.
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A dog walker has urged the community to be vigilant after they spotted handwritten signs stating that rat poison had been scattered on a public Skegness walkway.

The tiny blue toxic pellets are said to be ‘at the side of the pathway’ in woodlands close to an entrance in Wilford Grove.

“I was taking my dog for a walk and spotted the signs tacked onto the streets. There were five or six in plastic sleeves stating that rat poison was down on the paths,” the resident said, who did not wished to be named. “I feel worried because these pellets don’t only kill rats but other wildlife too such as cats, dogs or worst...children.”

The Standard had been to investigate the area last Thursday and only spotted one sign with the tiny blue pellets not visible to the eye.

“I couldn’t see the pellets but maybe they’re in the grass. It’s dangerous for birds, cats and dogs,” added the resident.

A spokesperson for East Lindsey District Council, said: “The district council, as owner of this land, is not carrying out any form of pest control in the area at present.

“No third party would be permitted to carry out this form of pest control on council land without permission. If anyone is aware of a pest problem on council land we would urge them to contact us so we can take appropriate action.

“The issue of the posters is one of fly-posting, an offence which we would like to remind residents must not happen.”