Swarm of rats leaves infested retail park looking ‘like a Bushtucker Trial’

An entire family of scurrying rats was caught on video as the vermin ran around a busy shopping park in Hull.

The footage was filmed by a shocked woman outside Poundland in St Andrews Retail Park as she walked through the car park after finishing her shopping, Hull Live reports.

In the grim clip, around 10 rats jump in and out of the bushes in broad daylight and scurry around the footpath and hedges just metres away from the shops.

Some of the rats are light brown and others are grey, with one rat looking at least twice as large as the others which are leaping around in the foliage.

The vermin dart back and forth from the concealment of the hedge and into the car park, all while the horrified shopper films the scenes on her mobile phone.

At one point, seven rats are seen in the same frame.

She uploaded the grim footage on social media and said she would be informing the authorities of the apparent rodent infestation.

Unsurprisingly, people were horrified by the sight of the rodents and some blamed selfish people for littering food waste and used takeaway cartons down Hessle Road.

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One viewer compared the video to a "Bushtucker Trial" contest like the ones faced by celebrities on the ITV show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

Another person simply called the scenes "disgusting" and others posted the vomit emoji.

Someone else blasted: "What do you expect when idiots sit throwing food at pigeons?

"It’s been going on for weeks."

This is not the first time rats have been filmed at the Hull shopping park, with a previous video showing a swarm of vermin running around while apparently unafraid of humans.

In the winter, rats can head into people's homes to shelter and are attracted to food all year around.

Natalie Bungay, a technical officer at British Pest Control Association, said: "As temperatures begin to drop and food becomes scarce, rats will begin looking for shelter and scraps in more urban locations.

"And as autumn and winter push on, rats start to head indoors.

"Rats and mice do not hibernate and are a problem all year round."

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