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A rat was seen licking the windows of a former takeaway restaurant.

A passerby was shocked to see the large rodent at Bay Spice Indian and Bangladesh takeaway in Briton Ferry, south Wales on Saturday evening.

The woman, who asked not to be named, was immediately concerned about the hygiene of the outlet.

Luckily, for the peace of mind of would-be customers at least the restaurant has been closed for around two years, according to locals.

The governing Neath Port Talbot Council awarded it a four star hygiene rating when it was last inspected in 2017.

The rodent spotter said she was disgusted and that there was a big rat problem in the area.

The 26-year-old said: “Due to heavy condensation on the shop front windows, nothing much could be seen apart from a little rat licking the window.

“Fair to say, I was shocked and a little disgusted but Briton Ferry is known for having a lot of rats.

“My main concern was if the premises were trading or not.

“I asked a neighbouring shop for information as to if Bay Spice were still trading to which they informed me they were no longer trading and hadn’t for two years, so I just posted the photos online as a bit of a laugh.”

It’s not the first time rats have been spotted in the area.

In 2018, The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) ranked Neath Port Talbot as the second highest rat infested place in the UK followed closely by Swansea as the sixth worse.

Rats could regularly be seen running around Port Talbot town centre in the daytime near the riverside.

Neath Port Talbot council offers a pest control service to both domestic and commercial premises, which you can arrange on their website.

In April 2019, pest control charges in the town increased from £40 to £120 when dealing with rodents, cockroaches and bedbugs.

It saw the number of call-outs drop dramatically.

From April to September 2019, there were 348 service requests compared to 704 requests for the same period the previous year.