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An update on allegations of rat poison present at Beach Lawn Park, Waterloo

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “We are aware of allegations of rat poison being present by a bin in Beach Lawn Park in Waterloo and want to reassure residents that these allegations are incorrect.

“What appears to be photographed is likely to be remnants of bird feed which could be suet based product. These products were probably dropped around the bin by someone who was feeding birds.

“Sefton Pest Control and Green Sefton have been working in partnership within this area to reduce to rodent population by installing waste bins with a feeding station beneath. This bin in particular has not had bait placed in it.

“We have spoken with the resident and cleared up the misunderstanding.

“We understand how stressful it can be if something is consumed is believed to be dangerous and we urge people to get in touch directly with the Council if they are unsure.

“This will help prevent false information being spread and the inevitable concern that can cause as well as enabling us to clear up any unwanted substances as was the case with this bird food. Please get in touch via the contact centre by calling 0345 140 0845.

“We are glad to be able to put these false allegations to rest but would also like to remind people that threats to Council employees are unacceptable.”

Photograph from the resident
Bird feed hanging in a garden
Bird feed hanger