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Rats Epidemic Claim - "Worst For 30 Years"

There's an epidemic of rats in Northamptonshire, according to Peter Crowden from Rutland Pest Control. He says there's a 60 per cent rise in business this year and he's warning it could be dangerous.

We're facing an epidemic of rats in Northamptonshire - according to a pest controller working across the county. Peter Crowden from Rutland Pest Control and the former Chair of the National Pest Technicians Association tells Stuart that he's seen a 60 per cent rise in business this year and the rat problem is the worst it's been for 30 years. Reporter Rebecca Dickson hears about the rat problem faced by farmer Tim Allebone at The Lines farm at Eastern Moordit and Stuart talks to Richard Mosely from the British Pest Association.

Plus:

* Groups that use the Connaughty Community Centre in Corby investigate if they can keep it open.

* Campaigners say they're disgusted by the decision to allow houses to be built on the site that was earmarked for a school at Middlemore in Daventry.

* Shannon Lane from Louisiana, who has family in Wellingborough and Irthlingborough, talks about Hurricane Isaac.

* A pauper's funeral in Daventry.

* Shirley Walterhouse from Northamptonshire talks about performing at the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games.

* The bookie's odds on former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss standing as the Conservative candidate in the Corby bi-election.

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World War One At Home

World War One At Home

Discover incredible stories about life in Northamptonshire during WW1