South Yorkshire supermarket closes due to rodent infestation

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PEST control experts were called in to a supermarket to deal with a rat infestation at the store.

The Co-operative store at Fenton Road, Greasborough, Rotherham, was closed to customers for five days while the problem was dealt with.

Officers from the environmental health department at Rotherham Council were also involved in helping to ‘pest proof’ the site.

The council confirmed the store, which reopened yesterday, had voluntarily closed ‘as a result of evidence of rodent activity’ at the premises.

A spokesman added: “The store closed with immediate effect until the rodent infestation was rectified and remedial action taken to pest proof the premises.

He added: “The staff and management of the store worked closely with environmental health officers throughout the time the store was shut.

“The store reopened yesterday when officers were satisfied issues were rectified and there was no risk to health.”

A spokesman for The Co-operative Food said the problem was related to ‘a very small number of rats’ but she stressed that the matter had been resolved.

She added: “Hygiene is of the utmost importance to us, and we closed our Fenton Road store as soon as we became aware of the problem.

“We called in pest control experts, and worked closely with the local council’s environmental health department.

“The store reopened on Monday, December 3 at 11.30am and we apologise to customers for any inconvenience.”

The supermarket closed last Wednesday November 28 and is now open as normal.