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SQUIRRELS ON THE RAMPAGE IN LONDON BOROUGH

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A colony of grey squirrels is terrorising elderly residents of a high-rise housing estate in Wapping, London, repor...
A colony of grey squirrels is terrorising elderly residents of a high-rise housing estate in Wapping, London, reports The Times (p8). One resident is quoted: 'They will rush up at you or run down the stairs at you. They are around most of the day. They go into people's houses. We're talking about people finding them sitting on their sinks. I have even heard of them nipping people.'

Chief environmental health officer for Tower Hamlets LBC Andy Lewis is also quoted: 'I have never come across this in my 20-odd years working in a city. We are aware of the problem, but we have no experience of dealing with squirrels.' An RSPCA spokesman told The Times that to catch and release the squirrels would be illegal because they are a foreign species. But a qualified pest controller officer could be hired to cull them.
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