A fed-up resident told how rats have set up home in dumped mattresses in an alleyway overflowing with rubbish.

Pictures and video show mountains of mess behind West Terrace in North Ormesby. A resident said flytipping is an ongoing issue and has attracted pests. They said the smell is so bad, they can't even hang their washing out.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said she has made several reports to Middlesbrough Council. An enforcement officer confirmed flytipping is a "serious problem" in the area and they are taking action to catch those responsible, TeesideLive reports.

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The resident said: "Although these alleys have lockable gates people are still managing to get rubbish in...I don't know who is doing it as most of the people along here are respectable.

An enforcement office said there is a serious problem with flytipping in the area
A resident said it makes their blood boil

"There are rats having a wonderful time with dirty barbecues left from the summer. They are nesting in the filthy mattresses.

"We try to keep our homes respectable and clean but how can we when these smells are coming through? You can't even hang your washing out in the summer because of the smell. My blood boils with it."

Enforcement officer, Michael Trainor, said there is "a serious problem" with flytipping in the alleyways in North Ormesby adding: "We have recently received funding from the local councillor along with the Big Local Fund to provide funding for cameras to be put in the alleyways."

The smell is so bad, people can't hang their washing out
The smell is so bad, people can't hang their washing out

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He said a number of people are subsequently under investigation in relation to flytipping.

"I have also written to nearly all of the tenants in North Ormesby on how to get rid of their waste properly," he added. Last month, Middlesbrough Council carried out a crackdown on flytipping and overflowing bins in the town's Newport ward.

Environmental safety wardens and the flytipping "flying squad" headed to several streets and alleyways in the week of action. The teams were supported by community payback for some of the work, with letter drops explaining the operation to affected residents.

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