'Mouse infestation could kill my cancer-sufferer husband' says Dagenham wife

PUBLISHED: 18:52 28 January 2015 | UPDATED: 18:52 28 January 2015

Tracy and Paul Wakeham outside their house in Valentines Way

Tracy and Paul Wakeham outside their house in Valentines Way


A woman fears for her vulnerable husband's life after a nearby garden became so dirty it attracted vermin into their house.

Tracy Wakeham says the garden is “filthy” and full of mice.

The 50-year-old is worried her husband, who has bowel cancer, could catch a life-threatening illness during his weakness from chemotherapy pills.

“I found 20 mice in my kitchen yesterday,” she told the Post. “They’re in the cupboards and near our food and we’ve had to board everything up.”

Paul, 54, of Valentine’s Way, Dagenham, was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year. He is on a six-month round of chemo that makes his immune system very weak.

“If he catches anything it would be really dangerous and could kill him,” Tracy said.

“If I have a cold or one of our children has a cold we have to keep away from him – and yet we’re living in this filth. The mice are running around our front room.”

Nurses from the cancer charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, have advised the pair it’s crucial they do something about the mice.

Tracy and Paul even bought a cat in the hope it would chase the mice away.

“We don’t even want a cat,” said desperate Tracy. “We’re beating our heads against a wall.

“I’m incredibly worried about my husband and don’t know what to do.

“We shouldn’t have to live near that – it’s not fair.”

The council said it was aware of the situation and added street enforcement officers visited on Monday to assess the problem and take action where necessary.

Despite attempts to contact the owner of the garden, the Post has not been able to solicit a response.

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