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Environmental Health investigating ‘rat’ complaints at Barnstaple B&M store

PUBLISHED: 13:25 13 August 2014 | UPDATED: 13:25 13 August 2014

B&M in Barnstaple

B&M in Barnstaple

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Discount store under investigation and taking ‘preventative measures’

BARNSTAPLE’S B&M store is under investigation by Environmental Health after complaints about rats around the shop.

The discount store, in Coney Avenue, opened last year, and said it is taking ‘preventative measures’ to address the complaints.

Head of Environmental Health, Jeremy Mann, said: “We have received some complaints of rats around the B&M store, of which we are investigating.

“As a result, the store is taking preventative measures to address this, with our investigations still ongoing.”

In a statement, B&M said: “We take health and safety very seriously recognising that this means meeting all legal requirements as well as fulfilling a social obligation.

“We are co-operating fully with the Environmental Health who have identified the presence of rodents from the nearby canal within the perimeter of the store’s grounds.

“As a pre-cautionary measure, we have removed and disposed of all stock from the warehouse as well as undertaking a full clearance of the warehouse yard to minimize any risk of potential contamination.

“The store is also working very closely with Rentokil to ensure all possible precautions are being made. The Environmental Health is satisfied with all the steps currently being taken by the store to prevent and minimize the potential for rodent activity.”

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