Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'My Daughter, 4, Picked Up a Dead Rat and Brought It in to the House'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'My Daughter, 4, Picked Up a Dead Rat and Brought It in to the House'

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IS this the dirtiest alleyway in Manchester? The ginnel in Levenshulme has become a dumping ground for fly-tippers and is becoming a public health risk, according to one resident.

Adam Marchant says he has found condoms, syringes and mattresses in the alleyway and says he cleans it himself every week.

And dad Adam says he is concerned it could pose a health risk after his four-year-old daughter picked up a dead rat from the alley and brought it into the house.

He is calling on council bosses to install alley gates behind Julius Street, Dorris Street and Tonbridge Road to stop people dumping rubbish.

Town hall chiefs have slammed the 'idiots' responsible for the mess and have promised to continue their crackdown on fly-tipping. But officials say government changes to legislation mean alley gates are now 'prohibitively' expensive.

"This is a monthly occurrence," Adam said.

"A few years ago the council was installing the gates, but they never got to our end.

What you "I go around Write to: M.E.N, House, Oldham, Or email: @men-cleaning up every week and within hours of me doing it, people are dumping bags again.

"The council won't put CCTV up or even put a sign up to say 'don't fly-tip here'. They just say 'report it to us and we will clean it up.' .

"My four-year-old daughter picked up a dead rat from there a couple of months ago and brought it in the house."

Adam, who lives on Julius Street, says he has complained to councillors about the problem on numerous occasions.

"The situation is bad and it can't keep going on like this," he added.

do "Why should I pay the same council tax as someone who has the benefit of having alley gates? I feel like this is a battle I'm never going to win.

think? Viewpoints, Mitchell Henry Hollinwood Ave, OL9 8EF viewpoints news.co.uk "When I first moved in here, I found foil wraps, syringes and condoms in the alleyway.

"I do my best and clean up, but within hours people are dumping bags. People just use our bins as communal bins. …

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