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Postal workers stop deliveries after attacks by 'cat-sized rats'

Postal workers have stopped deliveries to residents living down a side street because they claim they're being attacked by cat-sized rats.

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The Royal Mail has suspended deliveries to the flats at the end of the small alleyway, because the rubbish-strewn road is a hotbed for rats. People living in the flats in a service road in Norbury in south London, were told - by letter - that the postman would not be back until the rubbish is cleaned up.

There is a major problem with rats there. One of the residents there has got a problem with the rats getting into his car and causing damage by chewing through things. It's a real mess down there.

– Ian Clarke, Chairman of the Scots Estate Norbury Residents Association

We have temporarily suspended deliveries as the road is badly littered with rubbish, which has attracted many rats.

Croydon Council has committed to clean up the road. Once we are happy that this has been done, we will be able to resume deliveries.

The safety and welfare of our staff is paramount and we only suspend deliveries if the safety of our postmen and women is at risk and as a last resort.

– Royal Mail spokesperson

Woman dies after house fire in Croydon

Fire fighters were called to the scene yesterday afternoon Credit: PA

A fire which broke out in the ground floor of a semi-detached house in Croydon has killed a woman.

Her body was found by firefighters who went into the house wearing specialist breathing apparatus.

The fire broke out at about 4.45pm at the house in Grecian Crescent, Upper Norwood.

She was pronounced dead at the scene by ambulance crews.

"The Brigade was called at 4.47pm and the fire was under control at 5.46pm.

"Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers from West Norwood, Norbury and Brixton fire stations attended the incident.

"The cause of the fire is under investigation.

"The Metropolitan Police treating the fire as non-suspicious."

– London Fire Brigade spokesman

Can't afford to live in London? Then go to Manchester, says MP

Croydon South MP, Richard Ottaway, suggested today that people who can't afford to live in London, should get on a train and go to Manchester. His comments come after a recent survey showed one in three Londoners fear having to move out due to the rising cost of housing.

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Speaking to the BBC, Richard Ottaway said:

"There are plenty of places outside London where houses are much cheaper, much more affordable... Houses up there are really quite reasonably priced and that is perhaps where we should be, what we should be doing is getting people on the trains and up to Manchester."

Mr Ottaway added that plans for a Northern Hub would help shift the economic emphasis away from London.


Army called in to help with sandbags

Flooding underpass 'not an easy decision'

Croydon Council said its plan to use an underground footway in Purley to hold around 600,000 litres of water was approved after its "primary" pond at Purley Depot overflowed on Friday night.

This has not been an easy decision to take but it has become increasingly clear over the past few hours that we have no alternative if we are to protect people's homes and businesses from being flooded.

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