Durham County Council has invested in more mole traps after complaints about an infestation in Weardale, County Durham./facepalm
But before the traps could be deployed, officers insisted on organising a health and safety assessment.
Councillor Shuttleworth said: “This is health and safety gone totally mad. How can you carry out a risk assessment before catching moles?OMG!” An unlicensed moletrapper! He must feel like such an outlaw in Durham, the mole equivalent of Captain Quint from ‘Jaws’...
“They’re not going to bite you if you know what you are doing.
“There is a local man I told the council about, who has been catching moles for 30 years but, apparently, he doesn’t have the necessary paper qualifications.”
The council, of course, takes this seriously, and refutes arguments that this is plain bonkers:
James Bennett, the county council’s Streetscene manager, said: “We have to ensure we have adhered to legislation and have a rigid system in place for the control of moles.*sigh*
“As a minimum qualification, all our pest control officers are trained, or receiving ongoing training, to give them the knowledge of all legislation , guidelines, animal welfare and health and safety issues they need to adhere to.
“However, we believe the gentleman referred to by Coun Shuttleworth uses methods which are not recommended under the legislation.
He was not able to confirm that he had the required knowledge of the pest control legislation.
“If he could do this then we could review the situation.”
If he could do that, no-one would bother to hire him, other than the council, who has money to waste…