Episode 10 Call the Council


Episode 10

Series following council officers. A resident calls the council after discovering a water supply with the potential to make him millions in his back garden.


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From waste and recycling

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to pest control and Trading Standards,

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the taxes that we pay to our local councils are used to provide

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many of our most essential services.

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I like people who are keen to recycle.

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In this series, we follow the front line staff

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working behind the walls of Tameside town hall in Greater Manchester.

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Like council officers across the country, these local heroes are

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waging war on those blighting our communities.

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-Oi, oi, oi!

-Excuse me.

-Excuse me, love, you can't do that.

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They're protecting us from hidden dangers...

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If there's rodent activity in your kitchen,

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you won't be opening tonight. It's that simple.

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..making sure our cash is spent on those who need it most...

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-I'm at a loose end.

-I do not know where to turn.

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..and responding to their residents when they Call The Council.

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Coming up, officers help a resident who calls the council after

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discovering a water supply with huge potential on his property...

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-You've drunk it neat already?

-I have, yes.

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-With no ill effects?

-Not yet.

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..get tough with owners of a takeaway who have rats

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festering in their backyard...

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So that lettuce is out of date, is it?

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-And these potatoes are out of date?

-Yeah, we don't use,

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we don't use this at all. We've not used this for ages.

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Come on, they're not old.

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And join forces with the police to enforce regulations governing

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independent off-licences...

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-So do you accept a driving licence?

-No, I don't. No accept that.

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Do you accept a passport?

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-No.

-Now, they're the two that you SHOULD accept.

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In the UK, there are 433 councils employing almost 2 million people.

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The work of these local heroes delves into all aspects

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of our daily lives, from licensing and trading standards

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to pest control and bereavement services.

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Funded by the taxes we pay,

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they work hard to stretch every penny of their budgets.

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PHONE RINGS

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Environmental Services, Bev Hursthouse speaking.

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When someone calls the council for help in Tameside,

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a borough of Greater Manchester, officers like Bev Hursthouse

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work tirelessly to help them solve their problems.

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I sometimes do have to get tough, you know. I do think I'm quite

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a reasonable character, really but sometimes you do have to go in,

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when you just know they're not listening,

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the message isn't getting there.

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But, yeah,

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a dog with a bone, I'd say.

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Like their heroic council colleagues across the country,

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Bev and fellow environmental health officer Kevin Greenwood

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are charged with protecting us from possible hidden dangers.

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-Ooh, pony parties!

-There you are.

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A mum's called the council to question the food hygiene

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at a pony party her daughter recently attended.

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No children have fallen ill and the idea to run parties

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at the stables is new, so the organisers haven't yet

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consulted the council about their responsibilities as a food business.

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But as part of an inspection several months ago,

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a small amount of E.coli was found in the private water supply

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that serves the same site.

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Our concern at this stage is

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one, where they're getting the water from.

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Two, where's any food being prepared?

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Three, where the children go in, and obviously the safety of the children.

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E.coli is a bacterium that lives in our intestines.

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The common strain is harmless but the worst type, 0157,

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causes diarrhoea, kidney failure and even death.

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The levels of E-coli detected here don't pose a serious risk,

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but in a bid to prevent any dangerous contamination,

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on his last visit, Kevin issued legal notices.

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They insisted that the communal water tank be repaired

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and a new system to filter the water put in place.

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You know, with this, children, farm animals and food all in one, one mix,

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it has to be taken quite serious.

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The officers are keen to discuss the parents' concern with the party

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organisers and to check that they've complied with the legal notice.

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The owners aren't home...

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Hiya, how you doing?

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...but Kevin tracks down landowner Mr Felton.

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He's keen to show the officers that he's started work

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to make the water safe.

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It's cracking up here, though, isn't it?

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There is discharge from that pipe coming from the hillside somewhere

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that flooded this area, and so the concern was that this water here

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that's left standing would seep into the water supply

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inside this stone capped tank. This has probably been here

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for hundreds of years, hasn't it, really?

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Mr Felton's responded to Kevin's legal notices

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and has done a lot of work to remove any risk.

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Once this is concreted, I'll probably build a small area with

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-a couple of manhole covers on.

-Yeah, let's have a look underneath.

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That'll make it airtight, won't it, then? That's good.

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-What size is this tank capacity?

-7,000 litres.

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7,000 litres, and we're OK with that in terms of the number of people.

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Lovely, right, that's great.

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But before the water is deemed fit for human consumption,

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tests will need to be carried out by the council to confirm that

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it's now free from harmful strains of E.coli.

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With that in mind, Kevin and Bev need to be sure the farm

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that hosts the pony parties

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has the correct signage up to stop people drinking it.

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-There's an outside tap there.

-Animal only.

-Animal only, yeah.

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-Or feet wash.

-I have asked for signs to go up so that the,

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they're not going to be used for drinking water

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or for filling kettles up.

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Kevin asks people mucking out how the water is being used.

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-Hiya.

-Hi.

-What did this say when it was visible?

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It said you're not to drink the water.

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Is there another sign that says "No drinking water"?

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-There was one near the tap there, but it's gone.

-It's blown off, yeah.

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Well, we'll be talking to him.

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He needs to get some robust, proper signage screwed in

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that's going to not disappear in a few weeks.

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The water is safe for the animals to drink but the signs,

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while in place, aren't very clear.

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If you get a chance, remind him the signs,

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the signs should have gone up at all these taps.

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The issues don't stop there.

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Children have been introduced to some of the animals and you know, they

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look after the ponies and have a go at riding them,

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but there's also this petting of some of the animals as well,

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which is another concern.

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After grooming and petting the ponies,

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the party moves into a caravan for a birthday tea,

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but as the owners aren't there,

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the officers are unable to check where the children wash their hands.

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So what the complainant informed us was that this is actually where

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the children are sitting and eating, inside here.

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Which, you know, would be quite good if it weren't on a farm, really.

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If children's hands aren't washed properly after petting animals,

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they could be at risk of infection from E.coli.

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You know, we're just concerned

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that maybe hand washing's not taking place,

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especially if they've been handling the animals,

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so we just really need to speak to them

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before the next party takes place, really.

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Hand sanitizer is present, but it doesn't seem to be enough

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to meet basic hygiene regulations for a business handling food.

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If there's no facilities to wash your hands there,

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then really, the food business shouldn't be in place yet.

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You know, we'd rather be on the end of the phone and provide advice

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and guidance and point them in the right direction, really,

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prior to something going wrong.

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This is exactly the kind of work that council officers

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nationwide are tasked to do.

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With public safety paramount,

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Bev and Kevin will return to meet the party planners

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and thoroughly investigate their hygiene regime to check all is well.

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Still to come, the officers work with the party planners

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to ensure their guests are safe.

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You know, if there's something that's remiss, then yeah...

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Sometimes in their battles to keep food businesses safe,

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heroic officers like Bev need to call on the specialist services

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of their colleagues,

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especially when a takeaway has some unwanted visitors - rats.

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Oh, yo, yo, yo!

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Catch it! Did you see it?

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Today, Bev and pest control officer Brian Whelan

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are inspecting the alley behind a row of food outlets

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after a resident called the council

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when she saw rodents rummaging in their bins.

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I've noticed rats, you know, quite big rats

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and reported it to the council.

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I mean, it's not nice, quite a few children live round here,

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I've got a grandson, you know, so we want to stop it.

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Officers have the authority to carry out unannounced inspections

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at premises with a suspected rat infestation,

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as the rodents spread diseases like salmonella

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and leptospirosis, that are harmful to humans.

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First impressions at the back of this takeaway aren't good.

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I mean, if you look, there's a burrow going there, underneath there

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and when I shine my torch there, there's some fresh poo

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because it glistens in the light, so that's rats coming up over here.

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Bev is keen to speak to the owner to ask how he's addressing

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the rat infestation in the back alley.

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-Loads there.

-Big problem with rats in the area.

-Right.

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-OK, have you had any sightings at all?

-We did a few months ago.

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OK, what I need you to do, really, is keep this yard area clear.

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We've got a rat problem in the back of here, mate,

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there's loads of rat droppings down here in this corner.

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Look at this, you know, that was the last time, wasn't it?

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The owner does have a private pest control contract in place,

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but it's several months since his contractor's last visit.

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Brian, who I'm with today, is obviously one of Tameside council's

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pest officers. What he's just spotted is some droppings.

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-What have you got in that shed there?

-Nothing.

-Onions?

-Nothing, really.

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-Nothing really?

-No.

-It's next door, is it, that one?

-No, this one here.

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-Outside?

-Yeah, this one here, this shed here.

-Right.

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It's absolutely full of rat droppings.

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-Rat droppings in the corner. See them?

-Can you see there?

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We don't use this at all.

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I mean, we've not been using this for a while.

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-When is your lettuce for?

-Sorry?

-When will your lettuce be for?

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So that lettuce is out of date, is it? And these potatoes

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-are out of date?

-Yeah, we don't use, we don't use this at all.

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-We've not used this for ages.

-Come on, these aren't...

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-..they're not old.

-We don't, we try to...

-Need to get your pest guy out.

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-Again?

-You've got a big rat hole there in the corner.

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All them bits there, that's rat droppings.

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Honestly, we don't, we do not use, I mean, there's nothing here at all.

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-The lads will get a good

-BLEEP

-because you can see this,

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-we don't use this as storage.

-Well, when your pest guy comes,

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you could probably do with getting them out because there's a lot

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of activity going on in the rear yard as well. He needs to come out

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-and...

-I'll ring him now for you.

-OK.

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-I'll ring him now.

-That's great.

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He's had a problem in this back area for a long time, yeah.

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His pest control contract he's got, I mean, there's a bait box there,

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you've seen in the shed, that is absolutely,

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that's definitely the toilet.

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With concerns about droppings this close to the food preparation area,

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Bev carries out an inspection inside.

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There's no evidence of a rat infestation within the premises

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and the owner is keen to respond to Bev's concerns and stay open.

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We need to get this hole sorted. Can we get a piece of wood over that

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today until you get your door repaired?

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I'll get that sorted out by the end of tonight, one way or another.

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-OK, that's great.

-Even if I have to change the door tonight,

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-I'll get the door changed.

-OK.

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So with no imminent risk to public health

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the takeaway can continue trading - for now.

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A relief, really, that I can't see any activity inside the premises.

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Business owner's given me his word

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-that he will discard this rubbish now.

-All right.

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Shouldn't really have any food stored in the shed,

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so he will clear that out.

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There is some activity in the yard as we know.

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But with rats present in the yard, the council will monitor

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this takeaway until their rodents are under control.

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Their work here is another example of the commitment our heroic

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council officers make to keep residents and customers safe.

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To be honest with you,

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I thought cleansing this would have been top of their priority

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with it being a food outlet, but no.

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Still to come,

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Brian returns to see if the takeaway's owners

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have taken the council's advice.

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Oh, you just missed one. A huge one in that burrow there.

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It's just shot that way.

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From restaurants and cafes to bars and shops,

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our nation's council heroes are responsible

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for ensuring that licensed trades adhere

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to strict regulations designed to keep us safe.

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To enforce the law, council officers like John Gregory and Dave Smith

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are armed with enforcement powers that allow them to issue notices,

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fines and legal proceedings against anyone caught flouting the system.

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The primary reason for local authorities being

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involved in licensing of any kind of business is to protect public safety.

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We license gambling establishments, we license tattooists,

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we license scrap metal dealers. All of those have an element in them,

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there's a requirement for us to regulate them.

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Today, their team is joining forces with the police to spot check

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independent outlets selling alcohol.

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Right, morning, everyone. Thanks very much for coming.

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So the ambition for today is to visit all our independent off-licences.

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It's 130-odd premises, which sounds quite a lot

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but actually, we've got all day for it today.

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We're splitting you into small teams

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and you're all being given a list of premises to go out and visit.

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If you do see or hear anything during the visit which causes you concern,

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can you please make a note and make sure that we're made aware of it?

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And as you come up to Simon, tell him who you are and

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he'll tell you who you're teamed up with and then we'll get you paired up

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and we'll get you out.

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The team will prioritise checks for illegal and illicit goods,

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fire safety standards,

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and an understanding of legislation that governs the sale of alcohol.

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I think these types of operations are important

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because ultimately, selling alcohol is a big responsibility.

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There are a lot of problems in the country due to alcohol misuse,

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so in order to ensure the best that we can

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that people are selling it responsibly and legally,

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this is what these types of operations are all about.

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Alcohol is 45% more affordable than it was in 1980.

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As prices go down, crime goes up, and today the cost of

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alcohol-related offences to the UK is £11 billion a year.

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Council licensing officer Dave Smith and police officer Lisa Cameron

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arrive at the first shop to be targeted.

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Dave's quick to spot a contravention of the licensing regulations.

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There's a condition on this licence here

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and it stipulates that you operate a Challenge 25 policy.

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-Those posters are just there.

-No.

-They need to be displayed. Right.

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-It was in the window, but somehow it's dropped down.

-Right.

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-Can we put it back up?

-Yeah, no problem.

-Thank you.

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-You've got quite a big shop here.

-Right.

-You need more of them.

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Challenge 25 is a national scheme supported by retailers that

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encourages all young adults to carry ID to prove

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they can legally buy alcohol.

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Selling alcohol to anyone under 18 can lead to a maximum fine

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of £20,000.

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One poster is insufficient, so Dave insists the trader put up more

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to comply with mandatory requirements.

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Lisa then turns her attention to a more life-threatening hazard.

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If there was a fire at the front door,

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how would you get out of the building?

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You go out that back door.

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The fire door is blocked and locked. To comply with regulations,

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the shop must offer a secondary escape route in case of fire.

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The first thing I'll say, Hassan,

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is that a fire exit has got to be unobstructed,

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so you can't have things piled up outside your exit.

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Yes, yes.

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And also, if this is a fire exit, you can't have it locked

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because if there's a big fire in here, you can't afford time

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to start messing around with keys and locks and stuff.

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You've got to be able to get out quick.

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-It's like Fort Knox.

-Yeah.

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There you go. So once you're out, you're all right.

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If this premises has had a fire risk assessment completed,

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that door wouldn't be there.

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That needs to be a push bar door and unobstructed.

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I mean, you can see there there's just piled up boxes and waste

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and whatnot, it's no good.

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You've effectively got one exit and that's at the front of the shop.

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If that exit there was incapacitated in the event of a fire,

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you're pretty much trapped in, really.

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The owner agrees to have the door replaced

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and inspected by the fire service to ensure it meets regulations.

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-All right.

-Thanks, Hassan.

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The inspections by the officers are just part of

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the life-saving work they do for their communities.

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Still to come,

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an employee shocks officers

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by failing to grasp even the basics of licensing.

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-So do you accept a driving licence?

-No, I don't. No accept that.

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-Do you accept a passport?

-No.

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-Now, they're the two that you SHOULD accept.

-Yeah, yeah.

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Our country's council officers often rely on their experience

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and powers of persuasion to get us results.

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But when things get tough, so do these unsung heroes.

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Armed with a raft of legal enforcement powers, they battle

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the most stubborn of pests, be they business owners or rats.

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Earlier, environmental health officers Bev and Brian

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carried out an unannounced inspection of a takeaway

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following rat sightings from a resident who called the council.

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There's quite a lot of activity going on in the rear yard as well.

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Today, Brian is back to see what work has been done

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to rid their yard of rats.

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Ooh, you've just missed one, a huge one in that burrow there.

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It's just shot that way.

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The owners were asked to remove the contents of their shed.

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They've gone as far as taking it down

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but have left behind the base - the root of the problem.

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Along with rubbish, discarded food

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provides multiple routes for the rats to roam.

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They've been told about it

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and then they do this instead of putting it in the bin.

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It just doesn't make sense.

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They do all this, they've not took this up

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because they'll be living underneath here.

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There's obvious sightings there

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so the pest control's not done any baiting in here.

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Just rat holes everywhere.

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To me, it's just ignorance, it's just not listening to you

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and unfortunately, this is the thing that frustrates you.

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Get this cleared.

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Get it all swept out, get this pest control company to get some

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bait on this, down these burrows and start getting it under control.

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But there'll be quite a few living under here.

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With the takeaway failing to do a thorough clear-up,

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the rats have no reason to leave.

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Not even coming out, are they?

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They're right down underneath this tree, laughing at us.

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The base that he's took the shed off, that's even got fresh rat burrows

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from underneath it, chewed through it.

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These inspections are both time-consuming and costly

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for the council and ultimately, us taxpayers.

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But the dedication of officers like Brian means they'll persist

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with the problem until the rat population is under control.

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Frustrating, the way you,

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you try and help people...

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..and then they do that. I just don't understand it.

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Still to come, with protecting public health

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at the top of the council's agenda,

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enforcement notices are served

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demanding that the business take responsibility

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for their rat problem.

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You'd think they'd take it seriously

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and it's not fair to the residents here, is it?

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You know, they've got this at the back

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and this business hasn't done what they said they would do.

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In the UK, 99% of us get our water supply from a mains source.

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The remaining 1% have a private supply drawn from a spring

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or bore hole.

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But wherever it comes from, it's down to our local councils

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to ensure we all have access to safe water.

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Council officer Kevin Greenwood has received a call

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from property developer Bill Jordan,

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who's made a surprising discovery in his garden.

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We came across this well by chance.

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We were drilling for ground source heat.

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The well is roughly 250 to 300ft deep,

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As we were drilling the well,

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the water shot up about three or four metres into the air

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and we couldn't stop it.

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Alongside saving Bill around £400 a year in water charges,

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the artesian well could also be the start of

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a lucrative business venture.

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Potentially, there could be an endless supply of water,

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of mineral water, spring water, that's what we need clarifying.

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Places like Buxton are famed for the purity of their water

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and have spawned bottling companies with multimillion pound turnovers,

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but before Bill can put his village of Mottram on the water map,

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Kevin must take a sample to be tested

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for bacterium harmful to humans.

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-Morning.

-Kevin Greenwood.

-The artesian well, Kevin...

-Yes.

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..is under the grass.

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-You want it covered up...

-Yes.

-..like that? That's how you want it?

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That's how we want it, yes.

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Because there's nothing open there, presumably, against contamination.

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-No, it's capped.

-Is it a watertight cap?

-It is.

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-To prevent anything seeping into it.

-Yes.

-Right.

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-Do you want to just indicate where the line of pipes go...

-Yes.

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-..to the point which we're going to take a sample?

-Yep.

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Yeah, the line of pipes runs under the lawn.

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Underneath the steps,

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-into the basement.

-OK.

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I'm just conscious, conscious of health and safety at work...

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The water from the well is pumped directly to this tap

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and to ensure that a pure sample is taken,

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Kevin needs to methodically sterilise the outlet.

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So this is a chlorine solution which disinfects

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the surfaces of the tap

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and do a little bit more cleaning on the inside,

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give it a wash through and what we'll do afterwards is

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we'll need to flush it by taking more buckets of water...

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..from the tap so that the chlorine doesn't affect the sample

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because we don't want any chlorine in it, otherwise it's going

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not give us a true reading.

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The water arrives and Bill's confident

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that his supply has potential.

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We have actually drank it from when the well was...

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-You've drunk it neat already?

-I have, yes.

-With no ill effects?

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-Not yet.

-And was it nice tasting?

-It was lovely, yeah.

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After running the water for ten minutes,

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Kevin can now collect a sample.

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For the water to be safe enough for human consumption, it must be

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clear of bacterium like E.coli that pose health risks.

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-There we go.

-What report would be a good report to get back?

-Zero.

-Right.

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Zero coliforms, zero E.coli, zero everything.

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So that's it, so we'll take it from there.

0:25:060:25:08

-All right, thank you very much.

-All right.

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As Kevin takes the sample away for testing, Bill must await

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the results that might have the potential to bring good

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fortune for him and his local community.

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Well, it means that we won't be paying any water rates

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and hopefully if commercially, we can sell the water, it's a goldmine.

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Next on the task list

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for Kevin and environmental services officer Bev Hursthouse

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is a return to a local farm and children's pony party business,

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to check on their hygiene.

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Hi, you all right?

0:25:570:25:59

On their last visit, the owners were out

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so the officers are here to discuss

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the issues arising from their previous inspection and question

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why they've not registered as a food business.

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The part that we're looking at today is, what food's being provided?

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Where's the food prepared?

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Then where they eat it and where the handwashing takes place.

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Well, I mean, to be honest, the food is only a small part of it.

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-It's only been done on a couple of occasions.

-OK.

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But it's something we can do. We can look at that.

0:26:240:26:27

So at the moment, a couple of times

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I've just done, like, a little food box with snacks in,

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-crisps, you know, a drink.

-OK.

0:26:340:26:36

Chocolate bar, that sort of thing. A sandwich.

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The venture might be small

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but because part of the party cost includes food,

0:26:420:26:45

even making a simple sandwich falls under food hygiene regulations.

0:26:450:26:49

-So food that you're providing, is that made in here, then?

-Yeah.

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-This is where it takes place?

-Yeah.

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What we would require is that the food business is registered, yes?

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It would just be a registered food business

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and it can provide adequate handwashing facilities.

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See, I'm struggling with this registered food business, I don't...

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Everybody that provides food for the public has to be registered, OK?

0:27:040:27:07

That's something that's been introduced for a long, long time.

0:27:070:27:10

So irrespective of whether you're making burgers, hot dogs,

0:27:100:27:13

-sausage rolls, whatever you're making, or the sandwich, yeah?

-Yeah.

0:27:130:27:16

You're still providing food to members of the public,

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so you would then be classed as a food business.

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All we need to make sure is,

0:27:210:27:22

obviously everybody that's kind of consuming food that you've made

0:27:220:27:25

-or that they're going to be eating on the premises is safe.

-Yes.

0:27:250:27:27

It's not going to make them poorly or unwell so...

0:27:270:27:30

Can I just clarify, though,

0:27:300:27:31

it seems to have a gone a bit haywire as regards to the food,

0:27:310:27:35

it's more like, can I liken it to a...?

0:27:350:27:37

If you're going to a children's party

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and you're given a piece of cake, birthday cake to take away with you?

0:27:400:27:43

It's the bit that's there, the risk that's there is what's going on

0:27:430:27:47

with what the children are handling and then the contact with the mouth.

0:27:470:27:50

-How do you, how do you monitor that?

-The handwashing.

0:27:500:27:54

Once they've eaten their dinner, they can go about playing.

0:27:540:27:56

It's the bit in-between, it's the actual physical of washing hands,

0:27:560:28:00

following on from touching the animals to then eating the dinner.

0:28:000:28:04

What we need is for people to be getting it right, you know,

0:28:040:28:07

and this is why it's a requirement, really, for them

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to register the business.

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Sometimes people don't take it as seriously as they should.

0:28:110:28:14

Food hygiene is potentially, it's a killer, it could be.

0:28:140:28:18

You know, if things go wrong, they can go very wrong.

0:28:180:28:21

This business should have registered 28 days prior to

0:28:230:28:26

offering food. The added issue is that small traces of common E.coli

0:28:260:28:30

were detected in their water supply some months ago.

0:28:300:28:34

Environmental health officer Kevin wants to offer advice on how

0:28:340:28:37

the organisers can avoid cross-contamination

0:28:370:28:41

and keep people safe.

0:28:410:28:42

That sink there is the one where the children are coming in

0:28:430:28:47

to wash their hands, but it's also doubling up as the sink that

0:28:470:28:50

you're using in connection with the food business at the same time.

0:28:500:28:54

We would normally ask for a separate bowl for handwashing.

0:28:550:28:59

In this instance where you've got somebody washing their hands

0:28:590:29:02

with, you know, potentially E.coli on them or whatever, we're in the same

0:29:020:29:06

sink and it's a concern that that might be the sink that you're using.

0:29:060:29:11

Yeah, it goes with the sort of thing that potentially, you know,

0:29:110:29:14

we'll be considering, well, whether it's worth it.

0:29:140:29:17

You do see them where they've got, like, two bowls,

0:29:170:29:20

you can have a drainer if you want as well.

0:29:200:29:22

It's obviously a bigger unit but one side will be for washing hands only,

0:29:220:29:27

that would swivel round, wash your hands only,

0:29:270:29:29

-you're not affecting that side...

-Right.

0:29:290:29:31

..in terms of washing up, I think if you're wanting to be, you know,

0:29:310:29:35

safe, then you would want both bowls, really.

0:29:350:29:38

At the end of the day,

0:29:380:29:39

your responsibility is making sure it's safe,

0:29:390:29:41

whether it be health and safety,

0:29:410:29:42

whether it be food safety, whichever. At the end of the day,

0:29:420:29:45

you don't want it on your conscience that somebody's become unwell

0:29:450:29:48

because of something that you've done.

0:29:480:29:50

-Let's go and see where your van is, then.

-OK.

0:29:500:29:53

The next area they're keen to inspect is where the children

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eat their party food.

0:29:560:29:58

-Is a table manageable, do you think?

-I tend to sit with it...

0:30:000:30:03

-On the knee.

-It's all packaged in a box.

0:30:030:30:06

My only other sort of concern would be

0:30:060:30:08

obviously because of the clothing that they're wearing,

0:30:080:30:11

ideally I think a table would probably be better,

0:30:110:30:14

-rather than sitting on the knee.

-Yeah.

-Sandwich on the knee,

0:30:140:30:18

yeah, they've just really just recontaminated the sandwich there.

0:30:180:30:21

Where are you up to with sort of food hygiene training?

0:30:210:30:23

-I haven't done it...

-OK.

-..because I didn't know that I had to.

0:30:230:30:26

Not knowing they needed to register

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means they don't know the regulations,

0:30:280:30:30

but the officers can help them ensure

0:30:300:30:32

the safety of their paying guests is made a top priority.

0:30:320:30:36

In all our undertakings up here,

0:30:360:30:38

-we want to be whiter than white in terms of...

-Yeah, got to be.

0:30:380:30:42

..you know, with the water, you know,

0:30:420:30:45

if there's something that's remiss, then, yeah.

0:30:450:30:50

-Thanks for your advice.

-No worries.

0:30:500:30:52

The owners are keen to improve,

0:30:520:30:54

but there's work to done before Bev gives them a clean bill of health.

0:30:540:30:58

I think it's good that kids can still experience farm life,

0:30:590:31:02

really, in some respect.

0:31:020:31:04

Hello!

0:31:040:31:05

-You just want to pet it.

-You do, though.

0:31:050:31:08

It's just that added extra kind of problem we've got

0:31:080:31:11

with the mix of food and sort of touching the animals,

0:31:110:31:15

but I'm confident.

0:31:150:31:17

Within days, Bev gets the positive news she's be hoping for.

0:31:180:31:21

Yeah, I'm really pleased.

0:31:210:31:23

They took quite serious what we'd said,

0:31:230:31:27

they understood the requirements of having that hand wash sink,

0:31:270:31:29

they fitted that and on that note, really, I can wish them

0:31:290:31:33

all the luck in the world with the business, hope it goes well.

0:31:330:31:36

Thanks to the proactive work by these council officers,

0:31:360:31:39

people can relax and enjoy pony parties,

0:31:390:31:42

knowing their children are safe and well.

0:31:420:31:44

Across the UK, our 433 councils have heroic officers

0:31:490:31:54

working at the coalface of our communities

0:31:540:31:56

enforcing laws set out to keep us safe.

0:31:560:31:59

Today in Tameside, a region-wide operation is taking place

0:32:000:32:03

spot-checking independent stores to ensure they're adhering

0:32:030:32:07

to strict licensing regulations.

0:32:070:32:10

It's a bit nerve-racking

0:32:100:32:11

but at the end of the day it's just your legal requirements

0:32:110:32:13

to do your job, you've got to, it's just law.

0:32:130:32:15

You've got to make sure everything's in line

0:32:150:32:17

so it is nerve-racking when they just walk in, but...

0:32:170:32:21

got to deal with that.

0:32:210:32:23

Council officer Dave Smith and police officer Lisa Cameron

0:32:230:32:26

continue to spot check stores' stock to make sure

0:32:260:32:30

they're not trading in illicit goods.

0:32:300:32:32

-Hello.

-Hi, there. Are you OK?

-You OK?

0:32:320:32:34

-Do you have your licence here on display?

-Yeah.

0:32:340:32:37

They also explain policy relating to underage drinking

0:32:380:32:42

and check their CCTV is working

0:32:420:32:44

and keeping their customers safe.

0:32:440:32:47

-So you've got CCTV.

-Yeah.

0:32:470:32:48

I think there's a bit of an issue with your two outside.

0:32:480:32:51

So they're either dirty or they've got water damage,

0:32:510:32:54

-they look like they need a wipe.

-Yeah, they need cleaning.

0:32:540:32:56

-Brilliant.

-Thanks for your time. Good to meet you.

-No problem.

0:32:570:33:00

-All right, cheers.

-Thank you very much, bye.

0:33:000:33:03

I think the vast majority of licence holders

0:33:030:33:05

do take their licence seriously. Some places just to seem to think,

0:33:050:33:08

"Right, I've got a licence and that's it. I know what times I can sell to

0:33:080:33:11

"and from and I'll just do that."

0:33:110:33:13

They don't look at the licence as a whole.

0:33:130:33:15

They should know, they should know.

0:33:150:33:17

Our job is really making sure that they know.

0:33:170:33:19

Hello, sir. You OK?

0:33:240:33:25

OK, so you operate a Challenge 25 policy, so if someone

0:33:260:33:29

comes in here and looks under 25, you ask them for ID, is that correct?

0:33:290:33:34

-Yeah.

-What happens if they haven't got any ID?

0:33:340:33:36

-If I came to you with a bill?

-No, no, no.

0:33:390:33:41

-You'd not accept a bill?

-Not accept that.

0:33:410:33:44

-What do you accept?

-Only an ID.

-So do you accept a driving licence?

0:33:440:33:48

-No, I don't. I don't accept that.

-Do you accept a passport?

-No, I don't.

0:33:480:33:52

-Now, they're the two that you SHOULD accept.

-Yeah, yeah.

0:33:520:33:55

The employees' lack of understanding about the regulations

0:33:550:33:58

rings alarm bells and Dave decides

0:33:580:34:01

to conduct a full search of the premises.

0:34:010:34:03

-Can we go upstairs?

-What's up there?

0:34:040:34:07

-Store only.

-Store?

-Yeah, yeah.

-Are we OK to go and have a look?

-Yeah.

0:34:070:34:11

Yeah?

0:34:110:34:12

Upstairs, there's clear evidence

0:34:180:34:20

that this room is not used just for storage.

0:34:200:34:23

The majority of it is stock, alcohol,

0:34:230:34:26

you've got soft drinks as well,

0:34:260:34:30

and then turning into the back room here, it's a bit of a dining area.

0:34:300:34:34

A makeshift kitchen, if you can call it that.

0:34:350:34:38

Some sort of stove, that's a risk.

0:34:380:34:42

This place would go up straight away with that there.

0:34:420:34:45

As this room is part of the shop, it also falls

0:34:460:34:48

under its regulations, but with no evidence of a fire risk assessment,

0:34:480:34:53

they're not fully compliant with their licence.

0:34:530:34:56

That, coupled with the staff's lack of understanding

0:34:560:34:59

of trading regulations, means Dave will be firmly advising

0:34:590:35:02

that they cease trading alcohol, as they are committing offences.

0:35:020:35:06

The store is now under further investigation.

0:35:060:35:09

-Yeah, that was pretty unbelievable, that, weren't it?

-Definitely.

0:35:100:35:14

They had no incident book, they had some Challenge 25 posters up

0:35:140:35:17

but they're obviously not complying with that

0:35:170:35:19

because he doesn't accept driving licences and passports as valid ID.

0:35:190:35:23

So he obviously doesn't know his thing with that.

0:35:230:35:25

After a full day of inspections, the teams have visited

0:35:260:35:29

over 100 independent stores across the region.

0:35:290:35:33

Hello, sir. You OK?

0:35:330:35:35

Thanks to diligent checks by these officers

0:35:350:35:37

there will be less under-aged drinking,

0:35:370:35:39

crimes relating to alcohol and anti-social behaviour,

0:35:390:35:43

which all go towards saving money for us hardworking taxpayers.

0:35:430:35:47

On the other side of the borough, another war against wrongdoers

0:35:580:36:02

is being waged by the council's unsung heroes.

0:36:020:36:05

The environmental services team has been battling to rid

0:36:060:36:09

the back yard of a takeaway of rats.

0:36:090:36:11

-Yeah, this one here, this shed here.

-Right.

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It's absolutely full of rat droppings.

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But the rats are still in residence

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and have even been spotted in the yard of the restaurant next door.

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It's time for the council to flex its legislative muscles.

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Officer Simon Ashton arrives armed with legal notices

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giving both businesses three weeks to clean up.

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I'm serving these notices today really

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to make sure that at the back of the property

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there's nowhere where the actual rats can sort of live.

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You know, we call it harbourage, but really just making sure

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that the premises at the back are free of rodents

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and also at the same time making sure that they seal up all the holes

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and that and the structure where rats could actually be

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getting into the property.

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He inspects the work done to date before delivering the notices.

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This restaurant now has a pest control contract in place

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and has been working hard to keep the rats at bay.

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When I came down here last week,

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there were two rats in there, you could actually see them

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looking out, you know, this was where they'd been harbouring.

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So I spoke to their pest control chap on Thursday and told them

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I'd seen rats in this area and I would have hoped then,

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he will have gone and actually baited this area,

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you know, put some bait down. Just put some gloves on.

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And the poison they've laid seems to be working.

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If you look in here, actually, you can see there's a dead rat

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in the bottom, the actual bottom of the gully.

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So it's taken the bait and one of the things I've asked for

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in the notice is that they actually get this gully replaced

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because it's broken.

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Even though the restaurant has a pest contract

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and has filled a number of holes, it's not enough.

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The notices that I'm serving today are for them

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to actually prevent any sort of rats living in this back yard,

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it's to get the damaged gully replaced

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and it's also to pest-proof the property

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so I want to see all these holes that have developed round here,

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I want them properly sealing up

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so rats can't actually get into the building.

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I've given them three weeks on the notice so obviously

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if the work's not done after three weeks,

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we'll then look at probably the council coming

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and doing the work in default and then obviously bill the people

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who are responsible for this property.

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If the council does the work,

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the business can expect a bill of up to £1,000.

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Next door, at the rear of the takeaway, the problems continue.

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I spoke to the owner of the food business last Monday

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and he assured me that he would get this whole base up.

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Clearly, a week on, he hasn't done that,

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so I'm serving notices on the property next door, but I'm obviously

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going to go back to the office this afternoon

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and get some notices served on this, really,

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because what I'm concerned about is that the rats are actually going

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under the base here and living under what used to be a wooden shed base.

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You've also, if you look there, there are actually holes in the ground,

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you can see where the rats are burrowing into the actual ground.

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It's a public health nuisance

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and you'd think they'd take it seriously,

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it's not fair to the residents here, is it?

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You know, they've got this at the back

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and this business hasn't done what they'd said they would do,

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so I'll have to serve notices now.

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Having received their written warnings,

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the businesses both complied

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and acted to remove the potential for further rat infestations.

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It's another great job done by the hardworking council officers.

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Like his council colleagues nationwide,

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Kevin Greenwood has public service in his DNA.

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The thing that makes me jump out of bed at 6.10 every morning

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when the alarm goes off, even 30 years after it first went off,

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is the fact that I enjoy the job and I enjoy meeting people,

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I enjoy helping people.

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And when the job satisfaction's right, then you're on a winner.

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Today, Kevin's received the results of the water sample

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he took from the well discovered in Bill Jordan's garden.

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But will the results help Bill realise

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the potential of his liquid assets?

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If drinkable, that means we can be bathing in mineral water,

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drinking mineral water, cooking in mineral water

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and potentially sell the mineral water.

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If the water is clear of bacterium

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and safe for human consumption, Bill will also have the right

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to bottle and sell the supply, as it's on his private property.

0:40:320:40:35

So I'm here with the results. We have it here. I'll open it up for you.

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The good news is, the water supply has passed the test, all the tests,

0:40:430:40:47

there was nothing, no contaminants in it

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and it is a satisfactory result.

0:40:490:40:51

-So I think that's what...

-Very good, yeah.

-..you were hoping for.

0:40:510:40:54

Yeah, it's excellent news.

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It's basically looking for E.coli and bacteria

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and anything that might cause a problem in terms of health risks

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in drinking the water but from the sample we took,

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everything's come out satisfactory.

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The recommendation is to put an ultraviolet filtration system on

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as belt and braces

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so that if anything should happen in the future, you're covered with that.

0:41:140:41:19

That's always the guidance

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and the guidance from the drinking water inspectorate as well.

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It's all great news for Bill and the community.

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Potentially, it means he could bottle his liquid gold.

0:41:300:41:35

-Thank you very much for your assistance.

-All right, yeah.

0:41:350:41:38

Now we can run it into the drinking supply,

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so that eliminates any water charges now which is a good, good factor

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and then from now on,

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we can see what we can do about bottling the water.

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The potential's there and I don't suppose it's going to run out,

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the supply, so he's got a never-ending supply of water

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that from now, he doesn't really have to pay for,

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doesn't even have to pay

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for the electric for a pump and it's coming up under its own pressure.

0:42:010:42:05

It's a good situation, really.

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The welcome result for this resident is thanks, in part,

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to the support of this dedicated local council officer.

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Like their council colleagues nationwide,

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it's been another successful shift for these heroic officers.

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They've re-educated party organisers

0:42:230:42:26

on how to keep their paying guests safe...

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The risk that's there is what's going on with what

0:42:290:42:31

the children are handling and then the contact with their mouth.

0:42:310:42:34

..conducted a borough-wide operation

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clamping down on businesses flouting the law...

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-So do you accept a driving licence?

-No, I don't. No accept that.

0:42:390:42:43

-Do you accept a passport?

-No.

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-Now, they're the two that you SHOULD accept.

-Yeah, yeah.

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..and helped a local resident

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make the most out of an unexpected discovery.

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The good news is, the water supply has passed the test,

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all the tests, there was nothing, no contaminants in it

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and it is a satisfactory result.

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But most importantly, they've worked tirelessly

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to help their residents when they Call The Council.

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Whatever job we're doing, it's always to protect the public.

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It's always with the public in mind, you know, we are public servants,

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that's what we're here for.

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I do love it, I really do enjoy my job.

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Local council officers help a resident who calls the council after discovering a water supply with the potential to make him millions in his back garden. Enforcement officers get tough with a takeaway owner with rats in his back yard and join forces with the police to crack down on off-licences flouting the law.


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