Tesco store forced to close due to rat sightings

Darlington and Stockton Times: RAT PROBLEM: Tesco in Catterick Garrison was closed to deal with pests. RAT PROBLEM: Tesco in Catterick Garrison was closed to deal with pests.

SHOPPERS at a Tesco superstore were shocked to find a less than desirable four-legged consumer while collecting their groceries.

The store at Catterick Garrison was forced to close yesterday (June 11) lunchtime because of complaints raised by customers – one who reported seeing a rat near the meat counter and another who saw one scurrying about in the fruit and vegetable aisle.

Reports were posted on Facebook groups about the sightings, with many local residents voicing their disgust at the idea of the scavengers feasting on display products.

Administrators of a local community group on the social media site spread the news amongst followers, saying a security guard at the store had said it was closing due to a rat infestation.

One shopper said he saw the rat running around in the fruit and vegetable aisle.

“I could have kicked it, it was that close,” he said.

Another witness said she saw a rat running behind the meat counter and under a fridge.

There has been speculation that a population of the rodents had been disturbed by development work ongoing at the site of the new town centre opposite Tesco.

However, members of other Facebook groups commended Tesco for dealing with the problem swiftly by closing the store.

The shop re-opened later in the afternoon.

A spokeswoman for Tesco said: “We are committed to ensuring our stores are of the highest standards of cleanliness and we take all reports of pests extremely seriously.

“We immediately arranged for a pest control company to carry out a thorough inspection and they have assured us the store is clear of pests.”

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12:13pm Thu 12 Jun 14

bobbins77 says...

I was in Tesco yesterday when the shop was closed - and the lad behind the till told me they had known about the rats since the previous night - and clearly done nothing about it for well over 12 hours. Absolutely disgraceful.
I was in Tesco yesterday when the shop was closed - and the lad behind the till told me they had known about the rats since the previous night - and clearly done nothing about it for well over 12 hours. Absolutely disgraceful. bobbins77
  • Score: 16

1:09pm Thu 12 Jun 14

juliusceasar says...

Arent those cheese and meat counters in the deli section open at the back ? just covered over when the counters closed after 8pm , i heard a rat was seen on the deli counter at 9pm on the tuesday night but tesco didnt close till weds morning DISGRACEFUL ! Are Richmondshire district council environmental dept going to check this out for us council tax payers and prosecute Tesco or are they too scared to take on Tesco ?
Arent those cheese and meat counters in the deli section open at the back ? just covered over when the counters closed after 8pm , i heard a rat was seen on the deli counter at 9pm on the tuesday night but tesco didnt close till weds morning DISGRACEFUL ! Are Richmondshire district council environmental dept going to check this out for us council tax payers and prosecute Tesco or are they too scared to take on Tesco ? juliusceasar
  • Score: 18

3:47pm Thu 12 Jun 14

JJ2000 says...

Internal cctv should have caught something.
Ratmeat burgers on the horizon I think.
Internal cctv should have caught something. Ratmeat burgers on the horizon I think. JJ2000
  • Score: 9

5:49pm Thu 12 Jun 14

lezyork1966 says...

Are they halal certified for burgers?
Are they halal certified for burgers? lezyork1966
  • Score: 8

6:45pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Homshaw1 says...

Rats are not that easy to get rid off. Trapping them takes time. Poison is not a good idea in a supermarket and who wants a dead rotting rat hidden who knows where. I don't see how they can be so sure they are all gone. It is important to establish how they are getting in or they will keep coming.

It's a toughie for Tescos. Don't know how I would deal with it
Rats are not that easy to get rid off. Trapping them takes time. Poison is not a good idea in a supermarket and who wants a dead rotting rat hidden who knows where. I don't see how they can be so sure they are all gone. It is important to establish how they are getting in or they will keep coming. It's a toughie for Tescos. Don't know how I would deal with it Homshaw1
  • Score: 17

7:07pm Thu 12 Jun 14

pigletpip says...

Heard of the "closure" in dentist before 12.30. Went along before 1.30 and store open. So was reopened earlier than report is implying.
Heard of the "closure" in dentist before 12.30. Went along before 1.30 and store open. So was reopened earlier than report is implying. pigletpip
  • Score: 8

3:58am Fri 13 Jun 14

Magicman! says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
Rats are not that easy to get rid off. Trapping them takes time. Poison is not a good idea in a supermarket and who wants a dead rotting rat hidden who knows where. I don't see how they can be so sure they are all gone. It is important to establish how they are getting in or they will keep coming.

It's a toughie for Tescos. Don't know how I would deal with it
"It is important to establish how they are getting in"

... considering this is a Tesco store, I'd say they were coming in through the gaping wide open entrance at the front where they don't have any doors.
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: Rats are not that easy to get rid off. Trapping them takes time. Poison is not a good idea in a supermarket and who wants a dead rotting rat hidden who knows where. I don't see how they can be so sure they are all gone. It is important to establish how they are getting in or they will keep coming. It's a toughie for Tescos. Don't know how I would deal with it[/p][/quote]"It is important to establish how they are getting in" ... considering this is a Tesco store, I'd say they were coming in through the gaping wide open entrance at the front where they don't have any doors. Magicman!
  • Score: 6

8:35am Fri 13 Jun 14

charliebrown1 says...

i hope they have replaced all meats and veg/fruit and scrubbed everything clean.
i hope they have replaced all meats and veg/fruit and scrubbed everything clean. charliebrown1
  • Score: 4

12:56pm Fri 13 Jun 14

bobbins77 says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
Rats are not that easy to get rid off. Trapping them takes time. Poison is not a good idea in a supermarket and who wants a dead rotting rat hidden who knows where. I don't see how they can be so sure they are all gone. It is important to establish how they are getting in or they will keep coming.

It's a toughie for Tescos. Don't know how I would deal with it
The lad I was talking to who works there, said one rat just walked in through the front door - right in front of the Security man. This was on Tues night - yet they didn't close the shop until Wed lunchtime - and that was only after reports of sightings by customers. Rats must have been running around the fruit, veg, meat, cheese and fish all night! Is horrendous.
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: Rats are not that easy to get rid off. Trapping them takes time. Poison is not a good idea in a supermarket and who wants a dead rotting rat hidden who knows where. I don't see how they can be so sure they are all gone. It is important to establish how they are getting in or they will keep coming. It's a toughie for Tescos. Don't know how I would deal with it[/p][/quote]The lad I was talking to who works there, said one rat just walked in through the front door - right in front of the Security man. This was on Tues night - yet they didn't close the shop until Wed lunchtime - and that was only after reports of sightings by customers. Rats must have been running around the fruit, veg, meat, cheese and fish all night! Is horrendous. bobbins77
  • Score: 4

1:57pm Fri 13 Jun 14

YorkPatrol says...

bobbins77 wrote:
Homshaw1 wrote: Rats are not that easy to get rid off. Trapping them takes time. Poison is not a good idea in a supermarket and who wants a dead rotting rat hidden who knows where. I don't see how they can be so sure they are all gone. It is important to establish how they are getting in or they will keep coming. It's a toughie for Tescos. Don't know how I would deal with it
The lad I was talking to who works there, said one rat just walked in through the front door - right in front of the Security man. This was on Tues night - yet they didn't close the shop until Wed lunchtime - and that was only after reports of sightings by customers. Rats must have been running around the fruit, veg, meat, cheese and fish all night! Is horrendous.
That was'nt a Rat, it was a customer
[quote][p][bold]bobbins77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: Rats are not that easy to get rid off. Trapping them takes time. Poison is not a good idea in a supermarket and who wants a dead rotting rat hidden who knows where. I don't see how they can be so sure they are all gone. It is important to establish how they are getting in or they will keep coming. It's a toughie for Tescos. Don't know how I would deal with it[/p][/quote]The lad I was talking to who works there, said one rat just walked in through the front door - right in front of the Security man. This was on Tues night - yet they didn't close the shop until Wed lunchtime - and that was only after reports of sightings by customers. Rats must have been running around the fruit, veg, meat, cheese and fish all night! Is horrendous.[/p][/quote]That was'nt a Rat, it was a customer YorkPatrol
  • Score: 4

6:20am Fri 20 Jun 14

RickSuddes says...

Spray Rataway Fragrance to protect from rats, mice,squirrels...saf
e
around children & pets!
Spray Rataway Fragrance to protect from rats, mice,squirrels...saf e around children & pets! RickSuddes
  • Score: -1

2:01am Thu 10 Jul 14

Flipper2 says...

Do you folk really think,that Tesco might not have replaced all the fresh produce??? Of course they will have!
Do you folk really think,that Tesco might not have replaced all the fresh produce??? Of course they will have! Flipper2
  • Score: 0

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