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Dad wants action over problems at empty pub.

Byline: sam tegeltija Reporter sam.tegeltija@walesonline.co.uk

A FAMILY living next door to a derelict pub have pleaded for help in clearing the site after they said they found rats on their own property.

Ceri Jones, from Gelli in Rhondda, said his children are scared to go out into their back yard because of problems at the former Embassy pub, also known as Gordon's, which has been empty for around seven years.

The 41-year-old father-of-four said he has found five rats in his property on Gelli Road, which he says have been attracted by rubbish dumped over the wall of the empty pub.

Mr Jones lives with his wife Michelle and their children, who are between the ages of five and 13.

He said he's also had problems with homeless people accessing the empty building, which he said has made his daughters feel "afraid" of sleeping next door.

Mr Jones, who moved into the house 13 years ago, said: "I've disposed of five rats in my property - two of them in my attic which is my son's bedroom.

"This has resulted in my son not sleeping up there. He stays with his grandad who lives nearby.

"My children can't go out in the back yard because they're too scared.

"We've also had a homeless man living in the building. My two girls are afraid of sleeping in their bedroom as they know this man is hanging around out the back.

"It's been a real drag living next door for the last seven years and we're at the end of our wits."

Mr Jones said he doesn't know who is responsible for the building, but said he has repeatedly asked for help from the council to clean the place up.

He added: "People ask why you buy a house next door to a pub if you don't want the hassle, but when it was open it was all fine.

"It closed about seven years ago and the most recent owner passed away. He was a nice man and apologetic to us about the situation.

"I don't think anyone will take the building on and now we don't know whose responsibility it is.

"I've been in contact with the council but I've had about 16 reference numbers - I don't know whether I'm coming or going.

"A fence was put up and that's just made things worse. People are now dumping rubbish over it, and then it's hidden from view.

"If the council could do anything to help by boarding up the property and taking down the fence I'd be happy."

Rhondda Cynon Taf council has been approached for a comment.

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