Street ‘swarming with rats’ after bags of bread chucked out the back by Subway

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A Subway restaurant has come under fire for dumping bread and causing a rat infestation to develop in a nearby street.

Out of date bread can be seen piled high in the bins behind the fast food outlet in Woodhouse, Leeds, to the extent where local workers said hey haven't been able to close the lid.

They claim to see at least three "huge" dead rats a day there, as they pass the alleyway for work, and the bread is piled high in the bins every week.

Locals have nicknamed the location "rat ginnel", from the traditional name for a narrow alleyway in Yorkshire dialect.

A worker, who wished to remain anonymous, told LeedsLive: "This is all the wasted bread from Subway on Woodhouse Lane. I think its disgusting as all this bread is perfectly fine for the homeless or a food bank?

"This happens every week, I walk past it on my break and no wonder there's so many rats! I work very close to this, and we have named the road 'rat ginnel' due to that amount of dead rats we see during out lunch break."

He added that the smell is "awful" around there due to all the dead rats, which he estimates have grown about 10 inches due to eating all the discarded food thrown away and piled high above the bins.

"The state that the bread is past shelf life but looks completely fine to me," he added.

The man says his workplace now all actively avoid eating at the Subway since they noticed the rat problem.

A spokesperson for Subway said to YorkshireLive: "All Subway stores are independently owned and operated by franchisees, but as responsible retailers, Subway franchisees work closely with their local communities and have policies in place to ensure waste is disposed of efficiently and recycled where possible."

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