Kayleigh Ormston says the rats have started to eat through rubbish bins (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

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A young mother and her daughter are being terrorised by rats that live under their bathroom, have eaten their way through bins and refuse to die.

Kayleigh Ormston, 26, of Throckley, Newcastle, says she and three-year-old Harley are “trapped” inside due to the rat infestation in her back garden.

She is too scared to open her window after four years of seeing the rats scurrying in the yard, reports Chronicle Live.

Ms Ormston says the situation on Hallow Drive is getting worse as the rats have started eating through rubbish bin lids.

This week she spotted a rat crawling on the windowsill near where her daughter’s dinner was cooling.

Kayleigh Ormston is scared to leave her flat due to the rat infestation in the garden
(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

The rats have survived attempts by pest control to kill them with pellets.

She has asked Your Homes Newcastle, which manages the flat on behalf of Newcastle City Council, to move her to a new home, but so far this has been refused.

“The rats have been a problem ever since we moved in,” she said.

“Envirocall have been out and put pellets down but they’re still coming back – the man who came said they’re just not dying.

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“They dug underneath the wall and found that [rats] were under my bathroom floor."

She said pest control told her to contact the council as no-one should live in those conditions.

“With me having a daughter I can’t be living like that”, she said.

Ms Ormston added: “It’s got worse this year – they’re just everywhere.

The most terrifying moment yet was when a rat appeared on her windowsill
(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

“I see them all the time, every time I look out the window. I’ve seen about five at once.

Ms Ormston said her daughter can’t play outside because of the rats and that the two of them are stuck inside all the time.

“They’ve started eating their way through the bin lids now as well”, she added.

She said the most terrifying incident came this week when she saw one crawling on her windowsill.

Ms Ormston wants to move to get away from the plague of rats on Hollow Drive
(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

“I went to put my daughter’s dinner on the windowsill to cool down and it was there. I just slammed the window shut and screamed.

"Now we’ve got the windows shut all the time as we’re too scared, so there’s no air getting into the flat."

Ms Ormston shares the garden with six flats.

Jen Vinton, Your Homes Newcastle customer services director, said: “We appreciate how distressing it can be to see rats near your home and we will continue to do everything we can to help manage the problem."

She said they had visited the property three times last summer to carry out pest control and a follow-up inspection.

She said they have not received any reports from Ms Ormston since but they have carried out pest control in the area after other residents complained about rats.

They are monitoring the situation and doing brickwork and drainage to get rid of the rats. She added Ms Ormston would have to bid for a new home if she wants to move.