Rat spotted running around Primark Christmas window display
A rat apparently decided on a spot of last-minute Christmas shopping after it was spotted running around a Primark store in south-east London.
The bargain-hunting rodent was seen scurrying around a window display after the budget retailer had apparently locked its doors in Bexleyheath on Christmas Eve.
Media outlets suggested the rat, filmed by a stunned Martin Peaple, was ‘running amok’ inside the Primark branch after-hours. The 28-year-old, from Bexley, posted the footage on social media, explaining: “Rat running loose in Primark, Bexleyheath.”
Mr Peaple told This Is Local London he was enjoying a Christmas drink with friends in a pub opposite the store when he went outside for a cigarette and saw the rat.
“In the pub we heard there was a giant rat outside in Primark,” he said.
“So we went and there it was, running up and down. The shop was shut and it was there all night.”
Facebook user Connie Smith responded to the video: “That rat looks very ill and will obviously be very stressed and scared in that situation. Perhaps people should have a little sympathy for the animal as there's blatantly something wrong with it.”
Another wrote: “A wild rat should run away, not with you. I think it’s someone’s pet that has got out.”
A spokesperson for Primark said: “We can confirm that pest control were called on-site and following an investigation, have stated this was an isolate incident which has now been dealt with.”